Boun­ti­ful bal­lot of Bay de Verde

Four­teen can­di­dates come for­ward for coun­cil

The Compass - - THE COMPASS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS melissa.jenk­

Res­i­dents in the Town of Bay de Verde will have a big de­ci­sion to make Sept. 24 when they head to the polls. Un­like some mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of sim­i­lar size, they have enough can­di­dates to po­ten­tially vote in a whole new coun­cil.

Four­teen res­i­dents have been nom­i­nated for seven po­si­tions and all for­mer coun­cil­lors, in­clud­ing the mayor, will also be on the bal­lot.

In­cum­bent Mayor Ger­ard Mur­phy is sur­prised by the large num­ber of can­di­dates, say­ing it is the most he has seen in his 16 years on coun­cil.

Town of­fi­cials say lit­tle is known about why so many chal­lengers have come for­ward. Mur­phy also has no de­fin­i­tive ex­pla­na­tion, say­ing the town is in a good place right now.

“Bay de Verde is cur­rently en­joy­ing a very healthy fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion,” he ex­plained. “Sev­eral of my terms have been dif­fi­cult terms serv­ing the com­mu­nity… but we have passed those dif­fi­cult years.”

Who­ever takes their place on the next coun­cil will have the op­por­tu­nity to do some sewer ex­ten­sion and road up­grad­ing, Mur­phy noted.

All seven chal­lengers for coun­cil are male, but three fe­males are hop­ing to get re-elected.

Mur­phy said the gen­der, age or any other dis­tinc­tion is not im­por­tant for him as a voter.

“It’s a ques­tion of an in­di­vid­ual’s own gen­uine in­ter­est with­out a per­sonal agent,” he said. “The im­por­tant thing for me is the in­ter­est (can­di­dates) bring with them. Gen­uine, not a per­sonal agenda.” “The num­ber of can­di­dates re­moves the ap­a­thy that has ex­isted in mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics for a long time.”

Those seek­ing a seat on coun­cil are Ross Blun­don, Harry Bowles, Ger­ard Brod­er­ick (in­cum­bent), Bradley Coish, Christopher Coish, Gor­don Coish (in­cum­bent deputy mayor), Karl Coish, Cavell Curl, Juanita Em­ber­ley (in­cum­bent), Louis Keats (in­cum­bent), Car­rie Pot­ter (in­cum­bent), Dean Pot­ter and Jen­nie Riggs (in­cum­bent).

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