Fourth time’s a charm

Brenda Trick­ett wins Car­bon­ear coun­cil by­elec­tion

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It may have taken four at­tempts, but Brenda Trick­ett will be the fi­nal coun­cil­lor added to the ex­ist­ing group of six in the Car­bon­ear cham­ber.

Af­ter the March 27 by­elec­tion, she earned the post by a mar­gin of 30 votes.

Tricket missed out on a seat dur­ing the Septem­ber gen­eral elec­tion by 21 votes, a feat she be­lieves was at­trib­uted to be­ing hit by a truck five days be­fore the elec­tion. She couldn’t go door-to-door be­cause of the phys­i­cal in­juries she en­dured.

The re­sults, which were posted live on the town’s web­site, kept many res­i­dents on the edge of their seats.

Al­though Trick­ett led the way af­ter the first two polls, op­po­nent Bill Doo­ley passed her lead af­ter the third set of re­sults were avail­able. With only one poll to go, Doo­ley had in­creased his lead to 246 ver­sus Brenda’s 203.

The fi­nal re­sult saw Trick­ett take a lead of 361, re­ceiv­ing 158 votes in the ad­vanced poll. Doo­ley missed the mark with 331.

Trick­ett will join cur­rent coun­cil­lors Mayor Ge­orge Butt Jr., Deputy Mayor Frank Butt, and coun­cil­lors Ray Noel, Bill Bow­man, David Kennedy and Ed Goff. She is sched­uled to be sworn in March 31. She will be the lone fe­male mem­ber of coun­cil.

Mean­while, the fol­low­ing is a break­down of by­elec­tion re­sults:

• Brenda Trick­ett – 361;

• Bill Doo­ley – 331;

• Dean Pen­ney – 191;

• Peter Snow – 169;

• De­bra Brad­bury – 83; and

• Denise Sweeney-Broom­field – 25.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

Brenda Tricke t t is the new­est elected coun­cil­lor in the Town of Car­bon­ear.

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