Coombs reclaims mayor’s chair in Harbour Grace
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.