Car­bon­ear mayor takes leave of ab­sence

Both can­di­dates have opened head­quar­ters, be­gan cam­paign­ing in earnest

The Compass - - NEWS - Melissa.jenk­

Car­bon­ear Mayor Sam Slade was ap­proved unan­i­mously by coun­cil mem­bers to take a three-week leave of ab­sence ef­fect iv e Nov. 5 a t last week’s town coun­cil meet­ing.

Sam Slade will rep­re­sent the Lib­er­als in the up­com­ing by­elec­tion in Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace.

Slade is the Lib­eral can­di­date in the Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace pro­vin­cial by­elec­tion that has been called for Nov. 26. The elec­tion be­came nec­es­sary af­ter for­mer Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive MHA Jerome Kennedy re­signed the post a month ago.

There is no rule about Slade need­ing to va­cate his seat dur­ing the by­elec­tion, but he made his de­ci­sion af­ter some se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion.

“I want to make sure Car­bon­ear has the at­ten­tion it de­serves,” Slade told The Com­pass dur­ing a phone in­ter­view Nov. 5, while cam­paign­ing in Spa­niard’s Bay. “I have re­spect for the peo­ple of Car­bon­ear and felt this was the best choice.”

Slade will have to re­sign his seat on coun­cil if he wins the by­elec­tion, said town ad­min­is­tra­tor Cyn­thia Davis.

Deputy Mayor Ge­orge Butt Jr. as­sumes the chair, ef­fec­tively im­me­di­ately. There will not be a deputy mayor re­place­ment at this time.

The next coun­cil meet­ing is ex­pected to take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 18.

Slade of­fi­cially opened his head­quar­ters lo­cated on Wa­ter Street in the old Rowe Build­ing in Car­bon­ear Tues­day, Nov. 5, and be­gan erect­ing sig­nage the fol­low­ing day.

The 55-year-old fish­er­man al­ready has some groups on so­cial me­dia to sup­port him for the MHA po­si­tion, one be­ing, “Youth In Sup­port of Sam Slade (Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA Can­di­date)” on Face­book.

Mean­while, Jack Har­ring­ton — for­mer con­stituency as­sis­tant to Jerome Kennedy — has also be­gun cam­paign­ing.

Signs tot­ing the blue Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive em­blem have be seen in the dis­trict since the by­elec­tion was called.

His head­quar­ters is lo­cated at 127 Colum­bus Drive in Car­bon­ear in the same plaza as Ches’s Fish and Chips and Ma­cho Pizza. Har­ring­ton’s of­fice opened late last week.

NDP of­fi­cials have con­firmed they are still ac­tively seek­ing a can­di­date for the area, and ex­pect to have one in place by the nom­i­na­tion dead­line of Nov. 16.

Sam Slade

Jack Har­ring­ton

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