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