Slade pulls trig­ger on re-elec­tion bid

Car­bon­ear’s high pro­file deputy mayor bid­ing his time

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYMELISSA JENK­INS

The mayor of Car­bon­ear, Sam Slade, sat in his leather chair be­hind the desk in his of­fice at the Con­cep­tion Bay Re­gional Com­mu­nity Cen­tre July 3, gaz­ing out the win­dow.

He had just of­fi­cially an­nounced his in­ten­tion to run again in the up­com­ing elec­tion this Septem­ber, and was pon­der­ing the many things he has ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing his 20 years on coun­cil.

“I’m pretty proud of what I’ve ac­com­plished and what my coun­cils have ac­com­plished,” he said.

Slade’s an­nounce­ment came at a time when ru­mours were spread­ing through­out the town that he will be chal­lenged by the deputy mayor, Ches Ash, for the mayor’s seat.

Even though Ash has not pub­li­cally an­nounced if he has de­cided to

Car­bon­ear’s deputy mayor, Ches Ash, is con­sid­er­ing a run at the mayor post.

run, he ap­peared ready if he de­cides to place his name on the bal­lot.

“I just need to give some fur­ther

thought to it,” Ash ex­plained in a sit- down in­ter­view with The Com­pass last week. Care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion For weeks, Ash has said his fin­ger has been on the trig­ger, but there have been sev­eral things hold­ing him back from tak­ing the shot.

“I’m kind of eval­u­at­ing things in­for­mally through friends and ac­quain­tances and my own con­nec­tions,” he said.

Slade, on the other hand, was not so hes­i­tant, and proudly stated his in­ten­tion to run for his third may­oral race.

“I’m get­ting a lot of phone calls from past sup­port­ers and peo­ple who didn’t pre­vi­ously sup­port me,” he said. “They see the town is go­ing in a good di­rec­tion and have seen a lot of growth over the past few years, so I feel pretty good about (run­ning).”

“I’m get­ting a lot of phone calls from past sup­port­ers and peo­ple who didn’t pre­vi­ously sup­port me. They see the town is go­ing in a good di­rec­tion and have seen a lot of growth over the past few years, so I feel pretty good about (run­ning).” — Sam Slade, mayor, Town of Car­bon­ear “I’m rel­a­tively well-known in the com­mu­nity, and there will be a good num­ber who know me as a school ad­min­is­tra­tor, as a teacher and as an in­di­vid­ual, so I’ll put my strengths for­ward, that will be a key thing if I de­cide to run.” — Ches Ash, deputy mayor, Town of Car­bon­ear

Ash is com­plet­ing his first term on coun­cil, while Slade has five terms un­der his belt.

Both men will be tak­ing a chance that they will be off coun­cil if they run against each other, but they are both very pos­i­tive, and wished the other well in their cam­paigns.

Ash did con­firm he will def­i­nitely be on a bal­lot, whether it is the mayor’s bal­lot or as a coun­cil­lor.

Both men have very di­verse re­sumes that in­clude vol­un­teer work for var­i­ous com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, but the sup­port of the peo­ple will be the test.

Slade has de­cided to run his cam­paign the same way he has since 1993, by “tap­ping on doors.”

“Any­one that I miss, there will be a door­knocker on their door so they can con­tact me,” Slade ex­plained.

It has worked for him so far, and he hopes his per­sonal in­ter­ac­tion will let the res­i­dents of Car­bon­ear see who he is and what he can do for them.

Ash, on the other hand, has not re­leased a plat­form, but did sug­gest be­ing ac­ces­si­ble, mov­ing the town for­ward and be­ing able to try new things are qual­i­ties that would make a good mayor or coun­cil­lor.

Town pro­gres­sion

This past term has been a busy one for coun­cil, with new equip­ment, in­fra­struc­ture up­grades and a re­cent ef­fort to beau­tify the town. It also has a new brand to en­tice vis­i­tors and new­com­ers to the area.

Slade said he has been in­formed by some of his con­stituents that they are happy with what he has done, and how far the town has come since he started with the coun­cil, in­clud­ing open­ing town hall doors Wed­nes­days in the win­ter to meet with him, no ap­point­ment needed.

Ash has also been ac­knowl­edged for the town’s pro­gres­sion.

He was in­ter­viewed by sev­eral me­dia out­lets in the prov­ince on dif­fer­ent top­ics, in­clud­ing his in­sis­tence to com­mence a wa­ter treat­ment plant for the town, which is cur­rently un­der­way.

“I think the en­tire coun­cil has man­aged to con­tinue the mo­men­tum that was there in terms of growth and de­vel­op­ment. And we’ve even, I think, im­proved on that by be­ing some­what more fo­cused in our ef­forts to pro­mote and de­velop the town,” Ash stated.

Be­ing chal­lenged for the mayor’s chair doesn’t faze Slade.

“I’m quite used to com­pe­ti­tion,” Slade ad­mit­ted. “First time I ran for mayor I ran up against Ge­orge Butt, who was act­ing mayor at the time, and Frank O’Keefe. Last time I ran against Fred Earle.”

Butt, O’Keefe and Earle are all very well known res­i­dents of the town and were very ca­pa­ble can­di­dates dur­ing the pre­vi­ous elec­tions, but Slade pulled through in each case.

Ash is also a very well known and re­spected lo­cal.

“I’m rel­a­tively well-known in the com­mu­nity, and there will be a good num­ber who know me as a school ad­min­is­tra­tor, as a teacher and as an in­di­vid­ual, so I’ll put my strengths for­ward, that will be a key thing if I de­cide to run,” Ash said.

He also be­lieves Slade would be tough com­pe­ti­tion since he has a “sub­stan­tial fol­low­ing.”

May­oral ex­pec­ta­tions

Slade be­lieves there is more to run­ning for a po­si­tion such as mayor than just be­ing able to do the job when you’re in the of­fice, in­clud­ing fam­ily sup­port.

“If you haven’t got fam­ily sup­port, this isn’t the job for you,” Slade ex­plained.

Ash knows the stresses and ded­i­ca­tion that are nec­es­sary if he chooses to run against Slade, but said he would be ready for the chal­lenge.

“I cer­tainly have no reser­va­tions be­ing out in the fore­front,” he said. “I also think it’s fair game for lead­er­ship to be placed un­der the mi­cro­scope.”

Two dif­fer­ent men, two dif­fer­ent back­grounds, but po­ten­tially one po­si­tion on coun­cil.

It will be up to the res­i­dents of Car­bon­ear to de­cide which one will take the town into the next stage of de­vel­op­ment, but it looks like it is shap­ing up to be an in­ter­est­ing race.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/spe­cial to The Com­pass

Mayor Sam Slade of­fi­cially an­nounced last week his in­tent to seek re-elec­tion in Septem­ber.

Com­pass file photo

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