Wel­come to Ge­orge town

Car­bon­ear vot­ers give overwhelming sup­port to new mayor

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

“That’s twice the res­i­dents of Car­bon­ear have given me such a good man­date in five months, so I ap­pre­ci­ate all the sup­port.” — Car­bon­ear Mayor Ge­orge Butt Jr.

Car­bon­ear’s new­est mayor, Ge­orge Butt Jr., was greeted with ap­plause from a group of some 50 people Tues­day, Feb. 18, at the Royal Cana­dian Legion af­ter a land­slide vic­tory over fel­low can­di­date Ches Ash. The fi­nal tally was 1,348 to 458. The guests and sup­port­ers of Butt Jr. had a lot to cel­e­brate. Not only was it his vic­tory cel­e­bra­tion, but his wife Karen was cel­e­brat­ing her birth­day.

“We have two cel­e­bra­tions tonight,” Butt Jr. told the beam­ing crowd. “Me win­ning the mayor’s race, and (my) wife’s birth­day is tonight.”

Butt Jr. re­cently re­signed his seat on coun­cil, where he was serv­ing as act­ing mayor, to seek the top elected post for the re­main­der of the fouryear term. He was over­joyed with the re­sponse and sup­port he re­ceived from the vot­ers of the town.

“That’s twice the res­i­dents of Car­bon­ear have given me such a good man­date in five months, so I ap­pre­ci­ate all the sup­port,” he ex­plained. “And I will do my best to do my part.”

In Septem­ber’s gen­eral elec­tion, Butt re­ceived the most sup­port among those seek­ing one of the six at-large seats on coun­cil, with 1,544 votes. His clos­est coun­ter­part was Frank Butt with 1,371. Butt was named deputy mayor in Jan­uary on an in­terim ba­sis, but is ex­pected to take on the po­si­tion full-time at the next coun­cil meet­ing, sched­uled for March 3.

Some of those in at­ten­dance at the vic­tory cel­e­bra­tion in­cluded town of­fice staff, friends, fam­ily, Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA and for­mer mayor Sam Slade, Deputy Mayor Butt and Coun. Bill Bow­man.

The by­elec­tion be­came nec­es­sary af­ter Slade made the move to provin- cial pol­i­tics in the fall.

Butt Jr. said he was happy to see Butt and Bow­man in at­ten­dance, and looks for­ward to work­ing with them and the other mem­bers of coun­cil for the re­main­der of the term.

“We have a good coun­cil in place, and we’ll have an­other coun­cil­lor in a month. So we’ll have a full coun­cil by the end of March,” Butt Jr. said. “Then we get back on track and move the town for­ward.”

When asked what his first of­fi­cial act as mayor would be, Butt Jr. ex­plained he was con­sid­er­ing tak­ing a look at the com­mit­tee struc­ture, which was im­ple­mented by Slade prior to his res­ig­na­tion.

Butt Jr. has been a coun­cil mem- ber for 22 years. In that time he served time as mayor, deputy mayor and coun­cil­lor.

“I got the ex­pe­ri­ence, I’m a team player and I can work with the coun­cil that’s in place now.”

Butt Jr. wanted there to be a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion with his wife be­cause he con­sid­ers her his big­gest sup­porter.

“I can’t do this with­out the sup­port of fam­ily, and Karen has been be­hind me 100 per cent many times,” he stated. “There are times I get pretty dis­cour­aged and tired, and want to give up. She’ll keep me go­ing.”

Karen added she re­ally en­joyed cam­paign­ing and do­ing events with him.

“I love go­ing around every­where and do­ing ev­ery­thing,” she said.

Butt Jr. spoke to the crowd, and thanked them for be­ing in at­ten­dance, and for the sup­port. The group erupted in cheers when he con­cluded. A lineup of people awaited him so they could shake his hand, give him a hug or just say con­grat­u­la­tions.

“I’m just de­lighted,” he of­fered.

Newly elected Car­bon­ear mayor Ge­orge Butt Jr. (right) re­ceives con­grat­u­la­tions from town res­i­dent Lloyd Curnew dur­ing his vic­tory party Feb. 18. In the back­ground is Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA Sam Slade.

The fam­ily of Car­bon­ear’s new­est mayor has been a huge sup­port sys­tem for him through­out his 22 years on coun­cil. They are, from left, wife Karen Butt, Mayor Ge­orge Butt Jr., daugh­ter Krys­tal Butt, son Brian Butt and daugh­ter-in-law Michelle (Snow) Butt.

Cur­rent and for­mer town of­fice em­ploy­ees went to the Royal Cana­dian Legion in Car­bon­ear to help cel­e­brate Ge­orge Butt Jr.’s may­oral vic­tory and his wife Karen’s birth­day. They were, from left, Karen Butt (town re­cep­tion­ist and wife of Deputy Mayor Frank Butt), Janice Green (ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant), Mary Greene (clerk) and Bessie Noel (re­tired town re­cep­tion­ist and mother of Coun. Ray Noel).

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