Doo­ley wins mayor’s seat in Vic­to­ria

Town clerk re­tires, takes seat on coun­cil

The Compass - - MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2013 - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

A steady flow of traf­fic was pass­ing through Vic­to­ria’s sin­gle polling sta­tion at the town’s fire hall on the main high­way Sept. 24.

Some 910 vot­ers went out to cast their bal­lot for the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion. The 57 per cent to­tal was down from 2009, which saw 62 per­cent head to the polls.

Snooks comes out on top

For­mer town clerk and coun­cil can­di­date Sharon Snooks led the way on the coun­cil­lor’s bal­lot with 567 votes. She re­tired from the town of­fice last month af­ter 27 years, but will now re­turn in a coun­cil­lor role.

“I am very proud and very grate­ful to the res­i­dents of Vic­to­ria for the sup­port,” Snooks said in a phone in­ter­view with The Com­pass.

When asked if she would ac­cept the deputy mayor’s chair if of­fered, Snooks replied with no hes­i­ta­tion.

“I cer­tainly would take it af­ter the res­i­dents put their con­fi­dence in me.”

Mayor’s race

Two well-known lo­cals — Barry Doo­ley and Robert Clarke — en­tered their names in the race for mayor.

Clarke was a coun­cil­lor for 27 years, while Doo­ley was deputy mayor from 2001 to 2009.

On his sec­ond at­tempt to earn the mayor’s chair, Doo­ley gar­nered 650 votes, which was higher than Clarke’s 259. Doo­ley failed to win the mayor’s seat in the 2009 elec­tion against in­cum­bent Mayor Arthur Burke.

“I am hum­bled from all the town’s sup­port,” Doo­ley said. “I thought it would have been a closer race with my for­mer col­league, but the peo­ple gave me an over­whelm­ing re­sponse this time.”

He men­tioned he al­ready has some ideas for the town, in­clud­ing keep­ing up with the in­fra­struc­ture.

“We are cur­rently on the right path fi­nan­cially and I hope to stay that way,” he said.

Doo­ley be­lieves it would be “great” if Snooks is of­fered the deputy mayor po­si­tion.

“Her wealth of knowl­edge is just as good as any coun­cil­lor that has ever been (on coun­cil),” he ex­plained. “She knows the by­laws, the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Act. She is more than ca­pa­ble to (be deputy may-

We have quite a di­verse group of coun­cil­lors from all age groups and dif­fer­ent back­grounds. I think we are all ea­ger to get started.

— Barry Doo­ley, mayor of Vic­to­ria

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Doo­ley also said he’s open to work­ing with all coun­cil­lors, no mat­ter who gets named deputy mayor.

“We have quite a di­verse group of coun­cil­lors from all age groups and dif­fer­ent back­grounds. I think we are all ea­ger to get started,”

Other new mem­bers of coun­cil are Kelly Loch (546), Jen­nifer Baker (522), Frankie An­tle (480), Glenn Glarke (448) and Aubrey Rose (432).

Those who were un­suc­cess­ful in their bid are Dave Bourne (363), An­thony (Tony) Sut­ton (319), Ron Slade (282), Vi­vian His­cock (267), Jan­ice Slade (112) and Paul Snow (94).

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/spe­cial to The Com­pass

Barry Doo­ley has been named mayor of the Town of Vic­to­ria. This is his sec­ond time run­ning for mayor af­ter two terms as deputy mayor.

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