Coates elected to coun­cil in Win­ter­ton

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

The Town of Win­ter­ton has voted and Gre­gory Coates will be fill­ing the spot left on coun­cil by for­mer deputy mayor Paul Ge­orge.

The vote, which was orig­i­nally sup­posed to fea­ture three names on the bal­lot, saw Coates garner 90 of the 159 votes cast.

For­mer mayor John O’toole had the sup­port of 69 vot­ers.

Teacher Roger Green was the other name on the bal­lot, but had to drop out be­cause he ac­cepted a job out­side of the com­mu­nity of 484.

Coates will be join­ing Mayor Mark Shep­pard, Deputy Mayor David Reid, and coun­cil­lors Lori His­cock, Gary His­cock and Paul Coates. Call of nom­i­na­tions Win­ter­ton vot­ers will not have to wait long for a sec­ond chance to choose an­other coun­cil­lor.

Dead­line for nom­i­na­tions for a sec­ond by­elec­tion was 8 p.m. on Feb. 20.

An elec­tion, if nec­es­sary, will be held March 12.

The town called for nom­i­na­tions to fill a va­cancy left when for­mer mayor James Har­num ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion late last month.

In the in­terim, Shep­pard has been at the helm.

Once the last coun­cil po­si­tion is filled, an in­ter­nal vote for mayor will oc­cur to de­cide if Shep­pard as­sume the ti­tle of mayor.

Com­pass file photo

Gre­gory Coates has been elected the new­est mem­ber of the Win­ter­ton Town Coun­cil.

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