Cupids and Heart’s De­sire go­ing to the polls

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­

There are two by­elec­tions loom­ing in the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion re­gion, with a flurry of can­di­dates — six in Cupids and four in Heart’s De­sire — step­ping for­ward to fill the va­cant po­si­tions on each town coun­cil.

In Cupids, an un­usual and un­ex­pected sit­u­a­tion has risen, af­ter a man who re­signed his seat only a few months ago looks to re­claim the role.

Thomas Power was elected to coun­cil for the first time last Sep- tem­ber dur­ing the mu­nic­i­pal gen­eral elec­tion, but he re­signed in Jan­uary for “per­sonal rea­sons.”

In a sur­pris­ing move, Power put his name for­ward again April 8 dur­ing the town’s nom­i­na­tion date.

When con­tacted by The Com­pass, Power re­fused to say what has changed, and de­clined to ex­plain his mo­tives be­hind the un­ex­pected move.

“(There’s) noth­ing I’m go­ing to dis­cuss,” he said.

There are two open spa­ces in Cupids. The sec­ond va­cancy hap­pened when for­mer coun­cil­lor Doug Furey re­signed ear­lier this year.

Join­ing Power on the bal­lot will be new­com­ers Ron­ald Ed­munds, Craig Pomeroy, Gor­don Power, Shawn Smith and Scotty Clifton Thorne.

Cupids didn’t head to the polls in the Septem­ber mu­nic­i­pal gen­eral elec­tion, af­ter seven people were ac­claimed. Be­fore be­ing sworn in, one nom­i­nee, Henr y Hur­ley, de­clined the po­si­tion, leav­ing a va­cancy.

A by­elec­tion was avoided in Oc­to­ber when a sin­gle nom­i­nee, Mike Power, was ac­claimed.

There is lit­tle spec­u­la­tion on why so many can­di­dates came for­ward for this by­elec­tion. Even Mayor Harold Akerman de­clined com­ment on the mat­ter.

Cupids vot­ers will have plenty of choice April 29 on who will join Akerman, Mike Power, Chris­tine Burry, Dar­rin Akerman and Kevin Con­nolly. El­i­gi­ble vot­ers will cast their bal­lots at the Cupids com­mu­nity cen­tre be­tween 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Mean­while, the Town of Heart’s De­sire has four can­di­dates for a sin­gle va­cancy.

Robert Clarke, Renee Groves, Jeanette Har­ris and Patrick La­hey have stepped up to re­place for­mer coun­cil­lor El­iz­a­beth (Diane) Langer. She re­signed in Fe­bru­ary and is now a res­i­dent of On­tario.

In Septem­ber’s elec­tion, nine people ran for seven seats, but none of the cur­rent can­di­dates were on that bal­lot.

Can­di­date Renee Groves pre­vi­ously ran un­suc­cess­fully in 2009.

Heart’s De­sire vot­ers will cast their bal­lots April 29 be­tween 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at town hall.

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