No mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion for Birchy Bay

Not enough can­di­dates to hold elec­tion; nom­i­nees ap­pointed by ac­cla­ma­tion

The Pilot - - News - BY PA­TRICK MUR­PHY Pa­trick.Mur­phy@ad­ver­tis­ernl.ca

If there is an up­side to the elec­tion re­sults in the cen­tral New­found­land com­mu­nity of Birchy Bay, it may be that the com­mu­nity will not have to bear the cost of hold­ing an ac­tual mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

In a post on so­cial me­dia Town clerk and re­turn­ing of­fi­cer Cyn­thia Baker an­nounced at the close of nom­i­na­tions Sept. 5, the town did not have a suf­fi­cient num­ber of can­di­dates to con­tinue the elec­tion process. As a re­sult, all nom­i­nees were ac­cli­mated to their new po­si­tion as town coun­cil­lors.

David Carter, Mike Lan­dridge, Toby Lus­combe, Tonya Pike, Ewen Quin­lan, Kelly Quin­lan and Ted Quin­lan were all ap­pointed by ac­cla­ma­tion. The po­si­tion of mayor and deputy mayor will be de­ter­mined at the first meet­ing of the new coun­cil which will be held Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

Baker said she was sur­prised by the short­age of can­di­dates and had an­tic­i­pated a heated elec­tion in 2017.

“I had the vibe there was go­ing to be a lot of peo­ple run­ning,” Baker told the Pi­lot. “But when the day fi­nally came, nope.”

PA­TRICK MUR­PHY / THE PI­LOT

The Town of Birchy Bay has scut­tled plans for a mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion af­ter a short­age of nom­i­nees trig­gered the ac­cla­ma­tion of a new coun­cil.

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