Tracy Smith wins Spaniard’s Bay byelection
New councillor looks forward to working with the community
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.