No shortage of candidates for Labrador City town council
Mayor Karen Oldford not seeking re-election
While many towns in Newfoundland and Labrador struggle to find enough candidates to run for council, the Town of Labrador City is going to need an extra-large ballot to accommodate the long list of candidates vying for council seats.
With seven positions up for grabs, 15 people have registered as candidates for the Sept. 26 election.
For this election, there is no separate election for mayor. Council voted earlier this year to change the election to seven candidates with the position of mayor to be offered to the candidate with the most votes.
The candidates for council are:
Junior Humphries, Edward Conway, Christopher Lacey, John Penney and Clarence Rogers who are presently members of council.
Also running are:
Nick McGrath, Jordan Brown, Ken Lawlor, Fabian Benoit, Wayne Button, Richard Fahey ,Toby Leon, Jamie-Lynn Patterson, Peter Pike and Corinna Wentzell.
Noticeably absent is the current Mayor Karen Oldford.
“I didn’t make up my mind till the morning of nomination day,” she told the Aurora. “I have work commitments that would have made it difficult to devote the time needed to be mayor.”
(More on that decision and her thoughts on being mayor will be in an upcoming edition of the Aurora.)
The Advance poll takes place on Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. The poll will be at the Labrador City town hall.
The election is Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Polling stations will be at the Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church on Hudson Drive, and the Royal Canadian Legion on McParland Drive. The polling divisions will be posted in this edition of the Aurora and the next two.
Meanwhile Oldford is encouraging citizens to get out and vote and be a part of the process of choosing a council.
“Voter turnout has been low in recent elections,” she said. “I would like for more of our citizens to get out and choose the candidates they feel would make good council members.”
Meanwhile council has arranged a public session for residents to meet their candidates. It will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the O’Brien hall.
Fifteen people have registered to run in the upcoming municipal election.