Coombs re­claims mayor’s chair in Har­bour Grace

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

Af­ter four years on the out­side look­ing in, Don Coombs is set to re­turn as mayor of Har­bour Grace.

Coombs, who pre­vi­ously served 18 years as mayor and 26 in to­tal on coun­cil, came out on top in a race be­tween him­self, Terry Barnes and Gor­don Stone, all vy­ing for the mayor’s chair in the com­mu­nity.

With a to­tal of 935 votes by the night’s end, Coombs was the pre­ferred can­di­date for the ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents who cast a bal­lot. The in­cum­bent may­oral can­di­date Barnes earned 531 votes and Stone, who served as a coun­cil­lor for the last four years, had 284.

In an in­ter­view with The Com­pass af­ter the re­sults were an­nounced, Coombs ex­pressed his ex­cite­ment for the fu­ture of Har­bour Grace, as well as his grat­i­tude to the res­i­dents of the com­mu­nity, who he says were very wel­com­ing dur­ing his cam­paign.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting back on coun­cil and do­ing what I can to put the town on the right path, and keep it there,” said Coombs. “I’m hop­ing that my­self and the rest of coun­cil can work to­gether, as a team, to do what’s best for our town.” Don Coombs is re­turn­ing to the mayor’s chair in Har­bour Grace fol­low­ing a four-year ab­sence.

Coombs ex­pressed sim­i­lar in­ten­tions in a prior in­ter­view with The Com­pass, where he noted his de­sire to en­sure the town’s fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion was in order, while also mak­ing cer­tain that coun­cil re­mained a team.

Coombs will be sit­ting in coun­cil cham­bers for the next four years along­side elected coun­cil mem­bers So­nia Wil­liams (962 votes), Kathy Tet­ford (958), Lyda Byrne (933), Paul Fitzger­ald (805), Shawn Vaters (675) and Kevin Wil­liams (640). In­cum­bent can­di­dates Pa­trick Haire and Hay­ward Blake failed in their bids for re­elec­tion.

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

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