Sam Slade, Carbonear’s incumbent mayor will be back in his familiar seat for another four years.
It will be his third term as mayor and his fifth on council.
© Photo by Melissa Jenkins
Sam Slade celebrated with family and friends after earning the mayor's post in Carbonear for the third consecutive term. His two biggest supporters and grandaughters, three-year-old Georgia and eight-year-old Madison, were by his side. They are the daughters of Slade's son Shawn and daughter-in-law Stacey of Bristol's Hope.
With all polls counted in the town, Slade took the top spot with a total of 1521 votes.
Former Deputy Mayor Ches Ash will not sit on council this term, finishing the mayoral race with 736 votes.
Newcomer Desmond Ledwell had 117.
Slade told The Compass in a phone interview immediately after he heard the news he is very thankful to the electors in the town.
“Voters came out in outstanding numbers,” he exclaimed. “It’s not about the town. It’s about the people in the town. If you demonstrate that, they will show you that support every time.”
Slade also thanked his campaign team and residents for speaking with him as he went door-to-door.
“I am so delighted that people thought I did a good job and gave me their vote.
Slade headed to the Royal Canadian Legion in Carbonear on Bannerman Street next to the town’s work yard after he was named mayor.
A motorcade of vehicles honked their horns and supporters cheered as they headed down Water Street to meet up with him.
Family joined Slade to celebrate his success, including his two biggest supporters, his granddaughters Georgia and Madison Slade of Bristol’s Hope.
Only males will sit in the council chamber for the next four years. They include George Butt Jr. who received the highest number of cotes with 1544, Frank Butt (1371), Ray Noel (1199), Bill Bowman (1178), David Kennedy (992) and Ed Goff (837).
Others on the ballot were Brenda Trickett (816), Christine Power (733), Debra Bradbury (712), Gerald (Gerry) Power (521), Mike George Jr. (489) and Kyle Brookings (269).