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