First elec­tion in al­most two decades

Small Point-Broad Cove-Black­head-Adam’s Cove will head to the polls Sept. 24

The Compass - - THE COMPASS - Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

For the first time in al­most 20 years, the cit­i­zens of Small Poin­tBroad Cove-Black­head-Adam’s Cove will have a say who serves on their town coun­cil.

Res­i­dents of the com­mu­nity of some 300 vot­ers will fi­nally head to the polls Sept. 24 af­ter seven peo­ple were nom­i­nated for five seats be­fore the Sept. 3 dead­line.

The Com­pass has learned that three other po­ten­tial can­di­dates were nom­i­nated, but did not file the pa­per­work be­fore the 8 p.m. cut­off.

Town of­fi­cials say that there were some peo­ple that were out of town and were re­ly­ing on oth­ers to nom­i­nate them, which did not hap­pen.

Town Clerk Dana Fag­ner told The Com­pass that she was sur­prised by the num­ber of in­quiries she re­ceived from lo­cals about the elec­tions.

“A lot of res­i­dents had no idea how elec­tions worked,” she said. “Some didn’t know they could vote for five peo­ple. It’s a learn­ing process for some.”

In 2001 the town re­duced the num­ber of seats from seven to five and for the past decade there have only been four mem­bers of coun­cil.

Af­ter the pre­vi­ous four mem­bers were ac­claimed the town held a by­elec­tion. Only res­i­dent Wanda Crocker stepped up for the po­si­tion. She will be seek­ing re-elec­tion.

In fact, the en­tire five-mem­ber coun­cil has de­cided to run again, in­clud­ing in­cum­bent Mayor Les­lie Gover, Wil­liam O’Leary, Ge­orge McNeil and Linda O’Leary.

They are be­ing chal­lenged by Earnest Gos­ney and Ann Marie De­laney.

Fag­ner is hop­ing to have a high turnout for the vote, es­pe­cially since it has been so long since they had that op­por­tu­nity.

“We are just try­ing to get the news out there,” she ex­plained.

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