Lewis Sheppard thanks sup­port­ers fol­low­ing re­turn to Spa­niard’s Bay coun­cil

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

Af­ter sit­ting through the pre­vi­ous two reg­u­lar pub­lic meet­ings in the gallery, Lewis Sheppard was back in his usual seat Mon­day evening as a fullfledged coun­cil mem­ber.

Sheppard was re­moved from coun­cil over a pro­ce­dural is­sue fol­low­ing a spe­cial meet­ing June

21. It was al­leged Sheppard failed to vote on a mat­ter re­quir­ing all coun­cil mem­bers to vote. In a let­ter to the town, Sheppard claimed the mo­tion was in­tro­duced and sec­onded be­fore he got a chance to dis­cuss it, adding he was in the process of leav­ing his seat when the mo­tion was made.

Sheppard ap­pealed coun­cil’s rul­ing in New­found­land and Labrador Supreme Court and re­gained his seat last Tues­day. To­wards the end of the meet­ing held Aug. 14, Sheppard took a mo­ment to ad­dress his re­turn to coun­cil.

“I want to just thank all the peo­ple that sup­ported me in lead­ing me to do what I did,” Sheppard said Mon­day night, “and with the suc­cess, I want to thank all those that con­grat­u­lated me on the suc­cess. Thank you very much.”

Sheppard was elected to coun­cil in the 2013 gen­eral elec­tion. On Mon­day, coun­cil de­cided nom­i­na­tion day for next month’s gen­eral elec­tion would be Sept. 5. Ad­vance polling will take place Sept. 23, with elec­tion day across New­found­land and Labrador set for Sept. 26.


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