Marystown, Burin mayors acclaimed for election
Two incumbent mayors campaigning
Sam Synard has been returned by acclamation as the Mayor of Marystown. It’s the second election in a row Mr. Synard has not had any competition for the top administrative position in the town.
He was the only candidate to file nomination papers for the mayoralty position Tuesday, nomination day. Mr. Synard has served as the town’s mayor for 12 years, after initially being elected to council in 1989.
He joins Burin Mayor Kevin Lundrigan in being unopposed for election. Both towns have separate mayoralty elections.
While residents may have been satisfied with Mr. Synard’s record, the same cannot be said about the individual councillors. A total of 16 candidates have filed nomination papers, including five of the six current councillors. Among the new candidates are six women.
Coun. Charles Wiscombe decided after 13 years not to seek re-election.
Polling booths Election Day, Sept. 24, will be located at St. Gabriel’s Hall, Little Bay Heritage Centre, Salvation Army Citadel-Creston South, Seventh Day Adventist Church basement-Cre- ston North and Mrs. Ernestine Kelly-Mooring Cove.
The Town of Grand Bank will have an expected repeat of the 2009 mayoralty election with former mayor Rex Matthews again taking on the current mayor, Darryl Lafosse. Mr. Lafosse won by a slim 45 votes in the previous election.
All six current councillors have submitted their names for re-election along with seven new candidates. Four women are vying for a seat as well.
An Advance Polling Station will be held this Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Grand Bank Municipal Centre. Polling booths Election Day will be set in the Partanna Auditorium.
Fortune Mayor Charles Penwell and his deputy-mayor James Dunne will be competing against nine other candidates, including two women, for the seven council seats this election. The Fortune council, like Marystown, was elected by acclamation in 2009.
Polling booths Election Day will be at the Fortune Fire Hall.
Two notable occurrences this time for the St. Lawrence Town Council election – there will be an election unlike 2009 and there won’t be Mayor Wayde Rowsell to vote for as they had been for seven successive elections.
The incumbent six councillors are looking to return, but seven other candidates are challenging them, including two women.
Polling booths Sept. 24 will be situated at the St. Lawrence Recreation Centre.