It's voting day in Carbonear

Melissa Jenkins
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It has been almost three months since the mayor’s seat in Carbonear was vacated, but today eligible voters have the opportunity to vote for a replacement.

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Two former deputy mayors — Ches Ash and George Butt Jr. — are on the ballot.

The town’s polling station located at the Knights of Columbus on Adelaide Street, beside   Powell’s Supermarket, is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. There is also a mobile polling station for the Harbour Lodge Nursing Home, Interfaith Citizens Home and Luxury Estates Home and Cottages.

An advanced poll was held at the Conception Bay Regional Community Centre Saturday, Feb. 15, with a turnout of 313 voters.

Ash lost his first bid for mayor Sept. 24, 2013, when he was defeated by incumbent Sam Slade by a vote of 1,521 to 736.

Butt received the highest number of votes — 1,544 — in the September election, earning him one of six seats on council. He was then elected deputy mayor by the remaining councillors.

Slade went on to win a byelection to become MHA for Carbonear-Harbour Grace on Nov. 26, two months after being re-elected mayor.

Council voted for a byelection instead of promoting Butt to mayor or voting internally for a replacement.

Ash confirmed his interest in running in early January.

Butt vacated his position as deputy mayor Jan. 22 to be eligible to run for the top post. He was quick to admit he wanted the position, and even declared he should have been promoted to mayor by council, instead of a having a byelection.

The Town of Carbonear website — Carbonear.ca — will have live polling results as they become available after polls close tonight.

Organizations: Knights of Columbus, Conception Bay Regional Community Centre

Geographic location: Carbonear, Adelaide Street

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