Carbonear mayor earns third term
Slade more than doubles closest competitor
Sam Slade, Carbonear’s incumbent mayor, will be back in his familiar seat for another four years.
It will be his third term as mayor and his sixth on council.
With all polls counted in the town, Slade took the top spot with a total of 1,521 votes.
Former deputy mayor Ches Ash will not sit on council this term, finishing the mayoral race with 736 votes.
Newcomer Desmond Ledwell had 117.
It was a convincing win for Slade after some observers were specu- lating it would be a closer race.
Slade told The Compass in a phone interview immediately after he heard the news Sept. 24 he is very thankful to the electors in the town.
“Voters came out in outstanding numbers,” he exclaimed. “It’s not about the town. It’s about the people in the town. If you demonstrate that, they will show you that support every time.”
Slade also thanked his campaign team and residents for speaking with him as he went door-to-door.
“I am so delighted that people thought I did a good job and gave me their vote.”
Slade headed to the Royal Canadian Legion in Carbonear on Bannerman Street next to the town’s work yard after he was named mayor.
A motorcade of vehicles honked their horns and supporters cheered as they headed down Water Street to meet up with him.
Family joined Slade to celebrate his success, including his two biggest supporters, his granddaughters Georgia and Madison Slade of Bristol’s Hope.
Elected councillors are George Butt Jr. who received the highest number of votes with 1,544, Frank Butt (1,371), Ray Noel (1,199), Bill Bowman (1,178), David Kennedy (992) and Ed Goff (837).
Others on the ballot were Brenda Trickett (816), Christine Power (733), Debra Bradbury (712), Gerald (Gerry) Power (521), Mike George Jr. (489) and Kyle Brookings (269).
Carbonear Mayor Sam Slade (middle) won his third term in the top post last week. Celebrating with him are granddaughters three-year-old Georgia (left) and eightyear-old Madison.