Paul Brazil to fill mayor’s seat in Spa­niard’s Bay

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There will be a mix­ture of old faces and new ones when Spa­niard’s Bay coun­cil re­con­venes.

Paul Brazil was elected mayor last Tues­day, claim­ing the ma­jor­ity of votes with 764. Todd Crane, his next clos­est com­pe­ti­tion, had 445 votes. Tony Do­minix, a vet­eran town coun­cil­lor, at­tracted 127 votes, while Hed­ley Fong earned 34.

“I was very pleased that the peo­ple had con­fi­dence in me to send me back for a sec­ond time,” said Brazil, who was due to be sworn in Mon­day, Oct. 2 with the rest of the suc­cess­ful can­di­dates.

In a highly com­pet­i­tive field for the re­main­ing six coun­cil seats, only two in­cum­bent coun­cil­lors sur­vived. Eric Jewer and Tracy Smith will both be back on coun­cil, and join­ing them will be Sherry Lun­dri­gan, Paul Ryan, David Smith and Dar­lene Stamp. Stamp had the most votes out of all coun­cil can­di­dates with 877.

Tony Men­chions (the town’s in­cum­bent mayor, who de­cided to run for a reg­u­lar coun­cil seat), Brenda Sey­mour and Lewis Shep­pard failed in their bids to re­turn to coun­cil.

“I just want to wish the out­go­ing can­di­dates all the best and thank them for their years of ser­vice,” said the may­or­elect.

Brazil was the town’s deputy mayor the last four years, a pe­riod full of ac­ri­mony on coun­cil. Much of that ac­ri­mony cen­tred on al­le­ga­tions of ha­rass­ment within the fire depart­ment and the even­tual res­ig­na­tion of most fire­fight­ers. They did so to show sup­port for the fire depart­ment li­ai­son that re­signed from coun­cil.

Now the Spa­niard’s Bay town coun­cil is set to start rel­a­tively fresh, with more than half its mem­bers be­ing new to coun­cil cham­bers.

“We have a lot there to choose from. There were a lot of qual­ity can­di­dates there, both male and fe­male,” said Brazil.

Brazil first ran for coun­cil in 2013 with hopes of boost­ing the town’s re­cre­ation in­fra­struc­ture — he was in­volved for years with the lo­cal re­cre­ation com­mis­sion prior to join­ing coun­cil. Mem­bers of the com­mis­sion felt to ad­vance a new plan it pre­pared, some­one from within would need to have a voice on coun­cil. That per­son proved to be Brazil.

“The com­mit­tee said, ‘Well, why don’t you do it?’ And so I did.”


Paul Brazil is mov­ing from the deputy mayor’s chair to the mayor’s fol­low­ing his big vic­tory last Tues­day.

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