De­feated may­oral can­di­date of­fers heart­felt re­sponse

The Compass - - NEWS - — Ches Ash

Edi­tor’s Note: De­feated may­oral can­di­date Ches Ash re­leased a let­ter to The Com­pass Feb. 19. The Com­pass has de­cided to pub­lish the let­ter in its en­tirety. Ash lost his sec­ond at­tempt at the mayor’s chair Feb. 18.

First of all I com­mend Mr. Ge­orge Butt for his cam­paign. From my point of view, he con­ducted a fair and hon­ourable cam­paign.

I should also like to thank all those who sup­ported me and helped in any way with my cam­paign.

From my own per­sonal per­spec­tive the re­sult was dis­ap­point­ing and sur­pris­ing. Judg­ing from my re­sponse at the door and the well wishes I re­ceived on a daily ba­sis from the gen­eral pub­lic, as I en­coun­tered people around town, I had thought that the re­sults would be close and could go in favour of ei­ther my­self or Mr. Butt.

The people have spo­ken and in­di­cated their choice for mayor and I ac­cept that choice.

I would be less than hon­est if I didn’t ac­knowl­edge a cer­tain sense of per­sonal re­jec­tion or fail­ure and there­fore dis­may, but that’s when you rely upon your own in­ner strength, and the strength that comes from en­cour­age­ment of my sup­port­ers, the sup­port of fam­ily, friends and, for me as well as for many of us, the spir­i­tual val­ues that come from our Chris­tian con­vic­tion and up­bring­ing.

I sincerely wish Ge­orge ev­ery suc­cess as mayor. He is a great in­di­vid­ual and I’m con­fi­dent he will be an ef­fec­tive leader for the Town of Car­bon­ear. With­out doubt we have a fine group of ded­i­cated and ca­pa­ble in­di­vid­u­als mak­ing up our coun­cil and I wish them ev­ery suc­cess.

There are many chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with ad­min­is­ter­ing and gov­ern­ing a town and I be­lieve that our present coun­cil and ad­min­is­tra­tion un­der Mayor Butt’s lead­er­ship will re­spond to these chal­lenges in a con­struc­tive and ef­fec­tive man­ner and I be­lieve that we can look for­ward to con­tin­ued growth and de­vel­op­ment for the town and the pro­vi­sion of qual­ity ser­vice to our cit­i­zens.

For my­self, per­son­ally, I sim­ply put this part of my life be­hind me and move on and find other av­enues of ser­vice and in­volve­ment which will al­low me to be of ben­e­fit to oth­ers and my com­mu­nity. I truly en­joyed my term on coun­cil. Yes, it was time con­sum­ing and, hon­estly, some­times very frus­trat­ing, but it was also very re­ward­ing.

Com­pass file photo

Af­ter his de­feat in the Car­bon­ear may­oral by­elec­tion Feb. 18, Ches Ash re­sponds pub­licly and can­didly to the loss.

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