Sam Sy­nard wins land­slide re-elec­tion as Marys­town mayor

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

It was a long-fought bat­tle but in the end, over 1,000 votes sep­a­rated Sam Sy­nard from com­peti­tor Lisa Slaney in the race for the mayor’s seat in Marys­town.

With the ad­vance polls yet to be counted, Sy­nard led with 1,687 votes, while 703 res­i­dents se­lected Slaney’s name on the bal­lot.

Sy­nard wished all the for­mer mem­bers of coun­cil well.

“I wish them the best of luck in all their fu­ture en­deav­ours,” he told the South­ern Gazette.

Sy­nard said that by the re­sults on Tues­day, it was clear to see what the peo­ple of the town want mov­ing for­ward.

“Peo­ple ob­vi­ously want me for mayor, and they want a whole new team (on) coun­cil,” he said.

Sy­nard said the com­mu­nity has spo­ken.

Now it is time for the new coun­cil to get down to work “and move the com­mu­nity for­ward in a re­ally pos­i­tive di­rec­tion, and get over some of the things that we’ve been sub­ject to for the last four years,” he said.

The ex­act num­ber of those who voted in the elec­tion was not read­ily known, but Sy­nard said he was pleased with the num­ber of peo­ple who cast bal­lots.

“I as­sum­ing that voter turnout must be 65 or 70 per cent, which is very high for a mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion,” he said, adding he was only guess­ing.

Sy­nard also said he was pleased with the can­di­dates se­lected by vot­ers to sit on coun­cil.

“I’ve known all of them for many, many years with­out ex­cep­tion,” he said.

“They’re all great peo­ple. They come very well ex­pe­ri­enced. They’ve made their way in life.

“I think we re­ally have a starstud­ded coun­cil here right now and I’m look­ing for­ward to mov­ing the town for­ward with these won­der­ful peo­ple.”

COLIN FAR­RELL/THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Sam Sy­nard said he is look­ing to­wards mov­ing for­ward fol­low­ing his re-elec­tion as mayor.

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