Big name race for mayor in Vic­to­ria

Two vet­eran mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers to square off for top elected post

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The next few weeks will see in­trigu­ing — and some say in­tense — com­pe­ti­tion be­tween two ex­pe­ri­enced coun­cil­lors in the race for mayor in the Town of Vic­to­ria.

This elec­tion will see Barry Doo­ley face off against Robert Clarke. The two have 36 years ex­pe­ri­ence on coun­cil be­tween them.

Can­di­date Barry Doo­ley has nine years un­der his belt. Af­ter win­ning a by­elec­tion in June 2001 he went on to serve two con­sec­u­tive terms as deputy mayor. He lost the race for mayor in 2009 against in­cum­bent Mayor Arthur Burke.

Doo­ley will have some com­pe­ti­tion by in­cum­bent Robert Clarke, a 27-year vet­eran coun­cil­lor.

Both men have en­tered into an all-or-noth­ing race that will see only one lead coun­cil for the next four years.

Burke has de­cided to re­tire from pol­i­tics af­ter a 20-year stint, 15 of them as mayor.

In fact, only four of the seven cur­rent coun­cil mem­bers will be seek­ing re­elec­tion.

Deputy Mayor Jeanette (Burke) Pen­ney and Coun. Stephen King will also not be on the bal­lot Sept. 24.

There will, how­ever, be 12 can­di­dates seek­ing sup­port for coun­cil­lor from res­i­dents of the town. This num­ber is slightly up from 2009, but not com­pa­ra­ble to pre­vi­ous years where the town has seen up to 25 can­di­dates in the run­ning.

This year’s bal­lot for coun­cil­lors will host four fe­males and eight males that range in age from late 20s to past re­tire­ment. Th­ese can­di­dates are quite di­verse, which is some­thing Burke had wanted when he an­nounced his re­tire­ment in June.

Those look­ing to win a seat in the Town of Vic­to­ria for the 2013-2017 term are: • Frankie An­tle • Jennifer (Har­ris) Baker (in­cum­bent) • Dave Bourne • Glenn Clarke • Vi­vian His­cock (in­cum­bent) • Kelly (Earle) Loch • Aubrey Rose (in­cum­bent) • Jan­ice Slade • Ron­ald Slade • Sharon Snooks • Paul Snow • An­thony (Tony) Sut­ton Jr. For more com­pre­hen­sive cov­er­age, see fu­ture print edi­tions of The Com­pass.

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