Town clerk retires, takes seat on council
A steady flow of traffic was passing through Victoria’s single polling station at the town’s fire hall on the main highway Sept. 24.
© Photo by Melissa Jenkins
Two term deputy mayor of Victoria Barry Dooley earned the mayor's seat in the most recent election. This was his second time on the mayor's ballot.
Some 910 voters went out to cast their ballot for the municipal election. The 57 per cent total was down from 2009, which saw 62 percent head to the polls.
Snooks comes out on top
Former town clerk and council candidate Sharon Snooks led the way on the councillor’s ballot with 567 votes. She retired from the town office last month after 27 years, but will now return in a councillor role.
“I am very proud and very grateful to the residents of Victoria for the support,” Snooks said in a phone interview with The Compass.
When asked if she would accept the deputy mayor’s chair if offered, Snooks replied with no hesitation.
“I certainly would take it after the residents put their confidence in me.”
Two well-known locals — Barry Dooley and Robert Clarke — entered their names in the race for mayor.
Clarke was a councillor for 27 years, while Dooley was deputy mayor from 2001 to 2009.
On his second attempt to earn the mayor’s chair, Dooley garnered 650 votes, which was higher than Clarke’s 259. Dooley failed to win the mayor’s seat in the 2009 election against incumbent Mayor Arthur Burke.
“I am humbled from all the town’s support,” Dooley said. “I thought it would have been a closer race with my former colleague, but the people gave me an overwhelming response this time.”
He mentioned he already has some ideas for the town, including keeping up with the infrastructure.
“We are currently on the right path financially and I hope to stay that way,” he said.
Dooley believes it would be “great” if Snooks is offered the deputy mayor position.
“Her wealth of knowledge is just as good as any councillor that has ever been (on council),” he explained. “She knows the bylaws, the Municipalities Act. She is more than capable to (be deputy mayor).”
Dooley also said he’s open to working with all councillors, no matter who gets named deputy mayor.
“We have quite a diverse group of councillors from all age groups and different backgrounds. I think we are all eager to get started,”
Other new members of council are Kelly Loch (546), Jennifer Baker (522), Frankie Antle (480), Glenn Glarke (448) and Aubrey Rose (432).
Those who were unsuccessful in their bid are Dave Bourne (363), Anthony (Tony) Sutton (319), Ron Slade (282), Vivian Hiscock (267), Janice Slade (112) and Paul Snow (94).