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Deputy mayor of Carbonear Ches Ash has announced his intent to run for mayor of the town.
It is officially a two-man race for the mayor's seat in the Town of Carbonear.
Deputy mayor Ches Ash has thrown his hat in the ring against incumbent mayor Sam Slade.
This is a similar situation to that of Harbour Grace, which will also see mayor Don Coombs face off against deputy mayor Terry Barnes.
Many residents of Carbonear were on the fence about whether or not Ash would take the chance and potentially lose a seat on council altogether. But he says he is confident in his decision, and will be presenting a complete platform in the weeks leading up to the election.
Ash notes in his officially press release that he has many plans for the town and has plenty of experience in a leadership role.
"Having served as a councillor for the past four years, I am keenly interested in leading the leadership team for the Town of Carbonear," he writes.
Ash hopes to accomplish many different things if he makes it to the mayor's chair, including "sound fiscal management with prudent and reasonable spending practices" and supplying programs for both youth and seniors of the town.
With a repetitive mention of "we can and must do better," Ash has made it clear he has plans for the growth and development of the town.
Slade, on the other hand, mentions the positive remarks he has seen from residents that they like the path the town is on currently.
"The town is growing in a big way," he explains. "It's been hit with a lot of mean times, like in 1992 (after the cod moritorium). We lost a lot of businesses. Small businesses are coming back in stride and we need to do what we need to do to bring the town forward."
Both men have said they expect a clean election and wish each other well.
"I'm just glad he is announcing it," Slade says, noting he would have kept "tapping on doors" whether he had a challenger or not.
"I've already gone around a little bit, talking to different people. I'll definitely have more to say as we get closer to the election"
Several citizens of Carbonear have spoken about their own wants and needs for this election, and most suggest either man could do the job.
Whatever happens, the town will lose one member of their current council and it will be up to the residents of Carbonear to decide since only one will win the ballot on September 24.
Meanwhile, Ray Noel, Ed Goff, George Butt and David Kennedy have all announced they will be seeking re-election. The council's only female member Betty Forward will not be on the ballot this time around.
Other potential candidates have not publically stated if they will be running or not at this time.