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