Elec­tion a change of pace for White­way

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NICHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

For the first time since 2005, cit­i­zens in the Town of White­way will have an op­por­tu­nity to vote for their mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers.

Also no­table is the gen­der break­down, since five of the eight can­di­dates are fe­male. Tra­di­tion­ally, males have dom­i­nated mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics through­out the prov­ince.

Nom­i­na­tions closed in the com­mu­nity on Aug. 28, with seven seats up for grabs.

There was no elec­tion in 2009, as all seven can­di­dates were ac­claimed. In 2005, there were 10 can­di­dates.

Af­ter Free­man Legge was forced to give up his po­si­tion as coun­cil­lor in 2012 due to health rea­sons, White­way at­tempted to hold a by­elec­tion to fill the seat.

Again, there was no need for a vote as only Der­rick Jack­son came for­ward as a can­di­date.

Like many smaller com­mu­ni­ties, White­way does not have a sep­a­rate bal­lot for mayor and each can­di­date will be run­ning for a coun­cil­lor at­large seat.

Once the coun­cil has been elected, coun­cil­lors will then de­cide who will fill the po­si­tions of mayor and deputy mayor.

Mayor Craig Whe­lan is once again plac­ing his name on the bal­lot. He has pre­viosly served as the town’s deputy mayor and was a mem­ber of the town coun­cil ac­claimed in 2009.

Mean­while, there will be at least three new faces around the ta­ble. Not seek­ing re-elec­tion this time around are coun­cil­lors Ce­cil Brown and Bar­bara Roberts, along with Deputy Mayor Lor­raine Brown.

Also seek­ing re-elec­tion are coun­cil­lors Ray­mond Legge, Der­rick Jack­son and Heather Jack­son, while the fol­low­ing is a list of chal­lengers: • Bar­bara Ge­orge; • Jac­que­line Ge­orge; • Jo-Lynn Jack­son; and • Corrinne Pol­lett.

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