No municipal election for Birchy Bay
Not enough candidates to hold election; nominees appointed by acclamation
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.”
The Town of Birchy Bay has scuttled plans for a municipal election after a shortage of nominees triggered the acclamation of a new council.