Hickey wins may­ors seat in com­mand­ing vic­tory

Three coun­cil­lors re­tain seats, three new faces at the ta­ble

The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - BY ASH­LEY FITZ­PATRICK

For some in the com­mu­nity it was like déjà vu on elec­tions night. Eigh­teen years af­ter his first run for the chair John Hickey is once again the mayor of Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay.

Hickey won with a com­mand­ing lead, bring­ing in 1393 votes to his op­po­nents 565 and 490.

“Think it sur­prised a few peo­ple. It feels good; we did a good cam­paign, went out to the doorsteps of Happy Val­leyGoose Bay and talked to the peo­ple,” he told the Labradorian. “It was my first time cam­paign­ing door to door in about 10 years so I learned lots, met some new peo­ple and learned about the com­mu­nity as it sits to­day. I’m very hum­bled to­day by the sup­port I got from my com­mu­nity and my mis­sion will be to work hard over the next four years to make our town a bet­ter place.”

He said the is­sues he plans to tackle right away are wa­ter and land. When he was cam­paign­ing wa­ter was the is­sue he heard most, he said, and is some­thing that needs to be dealt with as soon as pos­si­ble.

Hickey is hop­ing to be able to set up a meet­ing with MP’s Yvonne Jones and Seamus O’Re­gan in the next 60 days to sit down and talk about 5 Wing Goose Bay and tak­ing over the Spring Gulch wa­ter sup­ply to sup­ply the Town of Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay.

The price of land was the other big is­sue that was on peo­ple’s minds, he said.

“Young peo­ple, one of the big is­sues for them is the price of land in the com­mu­nity. We have to cre­ate more de­vel­op­ment to give more op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­pe­ti­tion, which I hope in turn is go­ing to bring down the price of land in the com­mu­nity,” Hickey said. “Right now young peo­ple are not able to af­ford it.”

The coun­cil elec­tion saw some fa­mil­iar faces and some new ones as well, which Hickey said is a good mix. He said he’s look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the ex­pe­ri­enced coun­cil­lors and the new ones, who will bring fresh ideas to the ta­ble.

Voter turnout in the 2017 elec­tion was 48.7 per cent, roughly on par with 2013.

PHOTO BY ASH­LEY FITZ­PATRICK

A protest at Nal­cor in St. John’s ended peace­fully Sept. 27.

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