Tracy Smith wins Spa­niard’s Bay by­elec­tion

New coun­cil­lor looks for­ward to work­ing with the com­mu­nity

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Spa­niard’s Bay res­i­dents have voted to send Tracy Smith into the com­mu­nity’s coun­cil cham­bers.

Smith, who grew up in Til­ton and now lives in Spa­niard’s Bay with her fam­ily, re­ceived 378 votes, ac­count­ing for 56 per cent of all vot­ers cast­ing bal­lots in the by­elec­tion held last Mon­day. Paul Ryan placed sec­ond with 209 votes and Ty­rone Power was third with 86. Al­most 37 per cent of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers cast bal­lots in the by­elec­tion.

“It’s great to see the sup­port of the com­mu­nity and fam­ily and friends — to see the peo­ple get out and vote and take an ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in the elec­tion,” she told The Com­pass last week.

Smith is a chem­i­cal en­gi­neer who now works at the oil re­fin­ery in Come By Chance. She fills the coun­cil seat left va­cant since the res­ig­na­tion of Sheri Collins in Jan­uary.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the com­mu­nity now and the coun­cil for the town,” said Smith.

In­ter­est in the by­elec­tion was con­sid­er­able this time around com­pared to the pre­vi­ous one that took place last sum­mer fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of for­mer mayor Wayne Smith. In that one, Brenda Seymour gar­nered 203 votes to Sonya Boone’s 51.

The next Spa­niard’s Bay coun­cil meet­ing is May 2, where a mo­tion to scrap a pre­vi­ously promised re­view of the town’s fire de­part­ment will be put to a vote. That move is not sit­ting well with the mem­bers of a re­cently formed ci­ti­zen’s com­mit­tee.

Smith, who did at­tend the most re­cent coun­cil meet­ing ear­lier this month, in­di­cated she has not made up her mind on that is­sue.

“Once I get all the doc­u­men­ta­tion and read it for my­self, then I can make a de­ci­sion as to what my choice will be,” said Smith.

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