Municipal campaigns are in full swing, as the Sept. 24 election day draws near.
In La Scie, residents will have to go to the polls for the first time in over a decade. The town normally acclaims their council due to a lack of vacancies. While there have been by-elections held over the years to fill vacancies on the seven-member council, this is the first time in a decade or more that a full slate of candidates will be selected during the general election. Fourteen candidates are on the ballot. Returning to the ring are Derek Tilley, Fred Welshman, Roy Burton, current mayor Paul Toms, Marlene Regular and Gordon Andrews. New to the municipal ballot are John Thomas and Carl Rice. Remainins candidates Clyde Saunders, Gordon Rogers, Shawn Tibbo, Shawn Morgan, Cheyenne Andrews and Cecil Ward have all served on council in the past.
South Brook residents have always elected their council during general elections, and with plenty of candidates to choose from this year is no exception. Gloria Andrews, Marlene Burton, Donald Higdon, Paul Knight, Wallace McKay and current mayor Paul Mills are returning to the ballot. Danielle Elliott, Jason Kelly, Bernadine Morey and Morris Shiner are throwing their hats into the ring for the first time. Shirley Fowlow and Rocky Morey are hoping to return to council after an absence, having both served before.
In Springdale, ten candidates are vying for seven seats. Brenda Dicks, Dave Edison, Laurie Kay Henstridge, Joseph Tompkins, Francis Wheeler and current mayor Harvey Tizzard are hoping to return for another four-year term, while newcomers Rex Anstey, Philip Burton, Ken Verge and Len Wellman are stepping up for the first time. Registered Springdale voters will have the opportunity to vote at an advanced poll on Sept. 21, or on Election Day, Sept. 24. Councillors will elect the mayor once all votes are tallied and the new council is sworn in.
In Baie Verte, eight candidates have put their names forward. Only three of them are returning to the ring – Scott Bailey, Rex Bowers and Trevor Pope. Newcomers Joy Barker-Barrett, Clar Brown, Bob Dixon, Scott Furey and Lori-Ann Sacrey are all hoping for their chance to represent their town in the council chambers.
In Brighton, four of five sitting councillors, including the current mayor, are hoping to return to their seats. John Braye, Stewart Fillier, Frank Fudge and Lindy Fudge will join newcomers Glenn Fudge and Jonathan Fudge on the ballot. Only Edmund Fudge has chosen not to run for re-election. The new mayor will be elected by council after the general election.
In Triton, eleven citizens are vying for seven seats. They are a mix of newcomers, incumbents, and members who have served on council in the past, looking to return to the chamber. Current mayor Jason Roberts, along with councillors Bramwell Roberts, Doretta Strickland, Lindy Vincent and Jeremy Winsor are hoping for re-election. Newcomers Aubrey Budgell, Elaine Gilbert and Jake Roberts will also have their names on the ballot come Sept. 24. Orvin Roberts, Pat Williams and Wilbur Winsor have all served in the past, and are looking to re-join council at the end of the month. Again, the mayor will be elected by council after Sept. 24.
Middle Arm will hold a separate ballot for mayor. Residents have two candidates to choose from in that race. Current mayor Neville Robinson is hoping to hang on to his seat, while Bennett Hull, who has served as mayor in the past, hopes to win back the chain of office. For councillors, voters have their choice of incumbents Gerald Burton, Lorraine England, Bobby Hull, Maud Noble and Richard Price, as well as newcomers Ceilia Noble, Sandra Young-Robinson, Glenda Smith and Derek Tilley.
Five candidates have been nominated in Robert's Arm. They are Lloyd Colbourne, Derrick Hicks, Leander Hewlet, Lori Miller and Douglas Winsor.
In Burlington, voters will be selecting a mayor on Sept 24, choosing between Barbara Noble and incumbent George Kelly. Three current councillors will be acclaimed. They are Mark Goudie, Bobby Welshman and Kevin Winsor. Another call for nominations and possibly a by-election will be held next month to fill the fourth councillor's chair.