Two newcomers enter council
STEADY BROOK — The voter turnout was not where council hoped it would be, but the residents of Steady Brook have decided to welcome two new faces in Tuesday’s election.
Candice Austin and Ron Zawaski left the town hall smiling from ear to ear — none more proud than Austin, who finished atop the voting tally with 120 votes.
“I was quite surprised and I’m glad it went as well as it had,” said Austin, who added that she is “tickled pink” to receive so much support from the residents of the town.
With the likes of provincial Liberal leadership candidate Jim Bennett as her brother and father Trevor Bennett, who served two terms as mayor of Steady Brook, Austin feels she has it in her blood to be in politics.
The buzz around the town hall was that Austin is likely to be become the deputy mayor following a vote among council — which is scheduled to take place on Oct. 2.
Austin said she is prepared to take on the responsibilies if that turns out to be the case.
“I’m looking forward to it and willing to do what I can for this town,” she said.
The rest of council will be comprised of Claude Wilton (117 votes), Margie Howlett (115), Leona Gillette (104), Ron Zawaski (101) and Mary Diamond with 88 votes.
Pat Dwyer fell short of being elected to council with the lowest number of votes at 83.
Peter Rowsell, who was acclaimed as mayor, said new blood was inevitable with previous councillors stepping down, but he was excited to bring in some candidates with new enthusiasm.
“New blood infuses new ideas,” he said.
Rowsell recognized that sometimes enthusiam has to be tempered with a bit of reality.
“We have to realize that the main goal here is not to do what we decide the people want, but to do what is best for the people and take the direction of the people who put everyone (council) in here today,” said Rowsell.
The Town of Steady Brook had a total of 160 votes casted out of the 268 who appeared on the voter’s list.