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