Frank Butt elected mayor of Carbonear
Frank Butt claimed victory in a heavily-contested race for the mayor’s chair in Carbonear during this year’s municipal election.
With a voter turnout of 69 per cent, Butt led the polls with a total vote count of 982. Behind him, in a close second, was the incumbent mayoral candidate George Butt Jr. with 818, followed by former mayor and MHA Sam Slade with 673.
Frank will be going into his first term as mayor following a four-year stint as the town’s deputy mayor following the 2013 elections.
During a celebration ceremony held at the Knights of Columbus building in Carbonear, Frank spoke with The Compass about what he hopes to bring to the table for Carbonear’s future.
“It was the next step for me, really. I’m looking forward to working with the other councillors,” he said. “When I started out as councillor back in 2013, I had an eight-year plan. It’s not just a one-person plan, so I’m looking forward to working with everyone in the community to see it pan out.”
The mayor-elect also made noted of his desire to maintain communication with residents of Carbonear, stating that he would be making an effort to be as accessible as possible to those looking to speak with him.
Frank is joined by a newly elected council consisting of both old and new faces.
Sitting as councillors for Carbonear are Chris O’Grady (1061), Danielle Doyle (1055 votes), Ray Noel (1048), Vic Jenkins (938), Amanda Hulan (858) and David Kennedy (816). Incumbent candidates Bill Bowman, Ed Goff and Brenda Trickett failed in their reelection bids.
Frank Butt joined family and friends at the Knight of Columbus building in Carbonear to celebrate the night’s victory.
Former mayor George Butt Jr. (right), who came in second behind Frank Butt, joined the celebrations to congratulate Frank on his success.