Five seek­ing seat in Car­bon­ear

By­elec­tion sched­uled for March 7


Three men and two women are vy­ing for a va­cant seat on the Car­bon­ear town coun­cil in a by­elec­tion set for Wed­nes­day, March 7.

Two of the can­di­dates are back for an­other stab at mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics af­ter un­suc­cess­ful bids to win seats in the last mu­nic­i­pal gen­eral elec­tion held Sept. 29, 2009. De­bra Brad­bury gar­nered 637 votes, fin­ish­ing in ninth place dur­ing that trip to the polls, while Paul Bald­win fin­ished in 11th spot with 572 votes in a field of 17 can­di­dates run­ning for six coun­cil seats.

Carol Reynolds-ho­gan and Ray Noel are en­ter­ing their first mu­nic­i­pal race, while a fifth can­di­date, Frank Butt, ran un­suc­cess­fully for coun­cil about 20 years ago.

The can­di­dates filed nom­i­na­tions pa­pers on Valen­tine’s Day, and have 20 days to win the hearts and minds of vot­ers be­fore they en­ter the polling booth March 7.

The by­elec­tion was called to fill a seat left va­cant by de­part­ing coun­cil­lor Gla­dys Mercer, who re­signed Jan. 9 af­ter a six- month leave of ab­sence. Mercer and her hus­band, Gra­ham, have moved to Bri­tish Columbia.

Town clerk Cathy Somers, who is act­ing as re­turn­ing of­fi­cer for the by­elec­tion, and con­ducted last week’s nom­i­na­tion, told The Com­pass, Satur­day, March 3 has been set as the date for the ad­vance poll to give el­i­gi­ble vot­ers who will not be in town on polling day an op­por­tu­nity to cast their bal­lots.

Polling day

Polling sta­tions will be set up on polling day at the Knights of Colum­bus, Royal Cana­dian Le­gion and Angli­can Church Hall.

Somers ex­plained, “Cana­dian cit­i­zens 18 years or older, who have resided in Car­bon­ear for 30 days im­me­di­ately pre­ced­ing elec­tion day, will be el­i­gi­ble to vote.”

She said Car­bon­ear has some 3,524 el­i­gi­ble vot­ers on its vot­ers’ list. Per­sons whose names do not ap­pear on the list may also vote on polling day, but they must first meet cer­tain con­di­tions and be sworn in be­fore mark­ing their X , she ex­plained.

First by­elec­tion in 29 years

This will be the first by­elec­tion held in the town since March 21,1983, when then mayor Mil­ton Peach re­signed the may­oralty af­ter be­ing elected MHA for the Car­bon­ear dis­trict. Bob Moore a lso re­signed at that time, paving the way for two va­cant seats on coun­cil, which were filled by Ge­orge Butt and Wal­ter Mil­ley in the by­elec­tion that year. They con­tin­ued to serve out the bal­ance of the term un­til Nov. 16, 1985.

With 22 years of ser­vice, Ge­orge Butt is the long­est serv­ing mem­ber of coun­cil.

The town had ear­marked some $8,000 in its 2012 bud­get for mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions and by­elec­tions.

The suc­cess­ful can­di­date on March 7 will join Mayor Sam Slade, Deputy Mayor Ches Ash, and coun­cil­lors David Kennedy, Ge­orge Butt, Betty For­ward and Ed Goff to serve out the 20 months re­main­ing in the cur­rent man­date lead­ing up to the next mu­nic­i­pal gen­eral elec­tion in Septem­ber 2013.

Somers ex­pects the new coun­cil­lor to be sworn in dur­ing coun­cil’s sec­ond meet­ing in March, sched­uled for March 19.

• Age - 57 • Home­town - Mi­ami, Florida; moved to White­horse, Yukon and Ed­mon­ton at age 9 • Re­sides - Car­bon­ear since 2009, cur­rently re­sides South­side Lower Road. • Oc­cu­pa­tion - re­tired. Worked in var­i­ous jobs, in­clud­ing youth coun­cil­lor, bud­get man­ager and truck driver. • Fam­ily - mar­ried to Wal­ter Brad­bury, who has roots in Con­cep­tion Bay North; two chil­dren, Tammy and Leeroy, both re­sid­ing in Ed­mon­ton, Al­bert. • Ed­u­ca­tion - grad­u­ated St. Joseph’s Com­pos­ite High School, Ed­mon­ton. • Po­lit­i­cal back­ground - made un­suc­cess­ful bid for coun­cil seat in the Septem­ber 2009 elec­tion. • Com­mu­nity in­volve­ment — vol­un­teer with Meals on Wheels. • Quotable - “I have been a res­i­dent of Car­bon­ear for three years, and have at­tended 90 per cent of the coun­cil meet­ings. I would like to see our town grow with new busi­ness and cit­i­zens. I feel ev­ery­one should be treated with dig­nity and re­spect. When I be­come a mem­ber of the Car­bon­ear coun­cil, I will work hard with the coun­cil and mayor for all res­i­dents of our town.” • Age - 48 • Home­town - Vic­to­ria • Re­sides - Pond­side Road, Car­bon­ear • Oc­cu­pa­tion - re­tired mil­i­tary of­fi­cer with 25 years ser­vice with the Royal Cana­dian Ar­tillery; cur­rently work­ing part-time in the fi­nan­cial in­dus­try. • Fam­ily - mar­ried to the for­mer Chris­tine Butt and they have three chil­dren: Jes­sica, 21, St. John’s; An­drew, 19, Wain­wright, Al­berta; and David, 18, Hal­i­fax. • Ed­u­ca­tion - busi­ness man­age­ment hon­ours diploma, two years univer­sity. • Po­lit­i­cal back­ground - ran un­suc­cess­fully for seat in the Septem­ber 2009 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion; ran un­suc­cess­ful as Lib­eral can­di­date, Car­bon­ear-har­bour Grace dis­trict, 2007 pro­vin­cial. • Com­mu­nity in­volve­ment - Sergeant-at-arms, Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 23, Car­bon­ear; chairs spon­sor­ing com­mit­tee, 589 Royal Cana­dian Air Cadets Car­bon­ear; for­mer mem­ber town’s spe­cial events com­mit­tee; mem­ber and past Grand Knight, Msgr. Mccarthy Coun­cil Knights of Colum­bus. • Quotable - “(My) pet peeve is cars not stop­ping at cross­walks, and peo­ple not us­ing cross­walks. I served my coun­try for al­most 26 years and en­joyed ev­ery mo­ment. I am no stranger to ser­vice. Now I serve my com­mu­nity and hope that I can serve as your coun­cil­lor.” • Age - 65 • Home­town - Small Point, Con­cep­tion Bay • Re­sides - London Road, Car­bon­ear • Oc­cu­pa­tion - re­tired af­ter 22 years as re­cre­ational ther­a­pist at the Har­bour Lodge, fol­lowed by 14 years work­ing with spe­cial needs stu­dents with the York Catholic School Board of On­tario. • Fam­ily - hus­band, Ge­orge; son, Blair, Cal­gary, and six grand­chil­dren. • Ed­u­ca­tion - grad­u­ated Jack­son Walsh High School, Western Bay, 1964; diploma in re­cre­ational ther­apy from Univer­sity of Michi­gan; two-week course in par­lia­men­tary pro­ce­dure, Univer­sity of Ot­tawa, 1980. • Po­lit­i­cal back­ground - first time run­ning for mu­nic­i­pal of­fice; not af­fil­i­ated with any po­lit­i­cal party; served five years as east­ern vi­cepres­i­dent, New­found­land As­so­ci­a­tion of Public Em­ploy­ees (NAPE. • Com­mu­nity in­volve­ment - Car­bon­ear Her­itage So­ci­ety; vol­un­teer or­gan­ist, St. Pa­trick’s Church choir; vol­un­teer, fun and fit­ness pro­gram at Lux­ury Es­tates Re­tire­ment Home. • Quotable - “I have no agenda and make no prom­ises; most po­lit­i­cal prom­ises are never kept. My only prom­ise would be to do my best to rep­re­sent your con­cerns when they are brought to my at­ten­tion and to have a voice for you in the coun­cil cham­bers. My main rea­son for run­ning in this by­elec­tion is I love this lit­tle town and feel I can con­trib­ute some­thing to make it grow into a place to come and see, es­pe­cially the rich his­tory we have to of­fer.” • Age - 52 • Home­town - Car­bon­ear • Re­sides - Blue­berry Cres­cent, Car­bon­ear • Oc­cu­pa­tion - se­nior ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer (in­struc­tion and school lead­er­ship), East­ern School Dis­trict, Avalon West re­gion; ed­u­ca­tor for 32 years, in­clud­ing five-year term as prin­ci­pal of Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate. • Fam­ily - son of Al­bert and Bessie Noel; mar­ried to Kathy Noel (Goff), four adult chil­dren: Abby, Robyn, An­drea and Ja­cob; grand­son, Nathan, 3. • Ed­u­ca­tion - grad­u­ated St. Fran­cis High School in 1976. B.physed and BE (1980); ME (ed­u­ca­tional ad­min­is­tra­tion) (1988) all from Me­mo­rial Univer­sity. • Po­lit­i­cal back­ground - served as co- cam­paign man­ager (2007) and cam­paign chair (2011) for Car­bon­ear-har­bour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy. • Com­mu­nity in­volve­ment - Car­bon­ear Parks and Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion over 20 years, in­clud­ing two terms as chair­man; coach with CBN Mi­nor Hockey; pres­i­dent Car­bon­ear Men’s Fast­pitch Soft­ball League. Quotable - “I am con­fi­dent I have con­tin­u­ally demon­strated com­mit­ment and loy­alty to the peo­ple with whom I have worked and served. I would thor­oughly en­joy, and be hon­oured to be given the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue to give back to my home­town. I ask the res­i­dents to al­low me to share my com­mit­ment and skills with Mayor Slade and coun­cil in con­tin­u­ing the de­vel­op­ment of our town in its ex­cit­ing fu­ture.” • Age - 46 • Home­town - Car­bon­ear • Re­sides - Con­nolly’s Hill, Car­bon­ear • Oc­cu­pa­tion - businessman • Fam­ily - son of Theresa ( Tessie) and the late James Butt of Car­bon­ear; mar­ried to Karen Snow, and they have two chil­dren: Dy­lan, 19, St. John’s and Kris­tian, 17, Car­bon­ear. • Ed­u­ca­tion – grad­u­ated St. Fran­cis High School, Har­bour Grace; at­tended Me­mo­rial Univer­sity (1985); clerk-ac­count­ing diploma, Car­bon­ear Dis­trict Vo­ca­tional School (1988); jour­ney­man steam­fit­ter/pip­efit­ter; worked at trade in Al­berta for 10 years and at home for past three years. • Po­lit­i­cal back­ground - ran un­suc­cess­fully for coun­cil seat in 1985 mu­nic­i­pal gen­eral elec­tion. • Com­mu­nity in­volve­ment - joined Car­bon­ear Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment in 1988, served as ac­tive fire­fighter for 24 years; mem­ber Mccarthy Coun­cil Knights of Colum­bus; cur­rently spear­head­ing move­ment to form or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to de­vel­op­ment of Car­bon­ear’s down­town core. • Quotable - “I have of­fered my name as a can­di­date for the up­com­ing by­elec­tion be­cause I hear many is­sues that the av­er­age res­i­dent of Car­bon­ear has, and I feel I would be able to help with these is­sues. I do not have any po­lit­i­cal as­pi­ra­tions be­yond mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics. I am of­fer­ing my­self solely as a voice for the peo­ple of Car­bon­ear and not there to ad­vance my­self for pro­vin­cial or fed­eral gains.






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