Frank Butt elected mayor of Car­bon­ear

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

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Frank Butt joined fam­ily and friends at the Knight of Colum­bus build­ing in Car­bon­ear to cel­e­brate the night’s vic­tory.

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS

For­mer mayor Ge­orge Butt Jr. (right), who came in sec­ond be­hind Frank Butt, joined the cel­e­bra­tions to con­grat­u­late Frank on his suc­cess.

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