High in­ter­est for Lawn coun­cil

Sev­en­teen can­di­dates con­test­ing seven seats

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE LAWN, NL

With more than a dozen peo­ple run­ning for coun­cil po­si­tions with the Town of Lawn, there will be no short­age of can­di­dates to choose from when res­i­dents go to the polls Sept. 26.

San­dra Lake, town clerk with the Town of Lawn, said there are al­ways a lot of peo­ple in­ter­ested in run­ning for coun­cil.

“In the last num­ber of years, we have had an in­crease in num­bers due to the en­thu­si­asm of peo­ple want­ing to be part of the coun­cil,” she said. “There is a tremen­dous amount of in­ter­est and sup­port in the town.”

Lake said it came as no sur­prise when 17 peo­ple filed nom­i­na­tion pa­pers, “We were ex­pect­ing that or even more,” she said.

Of the 17 in­di­vid­u­als run­ning, seven are cur­rent coun­cil mem­bers seeking re-elec­tion.

An equal num­ber of can­di­dates was on the bal­lot for the town’s mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion in 2013, up from 12 can­di­dates in the 2009 elec­tion.

Lake said can­di­dates’ ages range from ap­prox­i­mately 25 to 60-plus years. The clerk said not many can­di­dates have made their rea­sons for run­ning known, but she hopes they are in­ter­ested in be­ing part of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process for the town.

“I’m as­sum­ing, I’m hop­ing, it is be­cause they are in­ter­ested in the over­all suc­cess of the town,” she said. “I’m as­sum­ing that’s what they all would be run­ning for, but no one has ex­pressed (a rea­son) why they want to run, or what they want to do.”

Polling sta­tions will be set up in the town of­fice on elec­tion day.

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