Twelve on the ballot for councillor
© Photo by Melissa Jenkins
Returning officer Cathy Somers (left) awaits the signature of nominees for incumbent David Kennedy while he looks on.
An unexpected turn of events has taken place with the Town of Carbonear municipal election, as an assumed two-man race for mayor has become a three-man race.
Newcomer Desmond Ledwell submitted his paperwork only an hour before yesterday’s (Aug. 28) deadline, causing a shakeup in the race for mayor.
Mayor Sam Slade and Deputy Mayor Ches Ash previously announced their intent to run, but Ledwell remained tight-lipped until his appearance at council chambers to sign his nomination forms.
Slade has been a member of the council for two decades and has already served two terms as mayor.
Ash on the other hand has only a single term, but accepted the challenge of the role after several months of deliberation.
This introduction adds a new dynamic to the mix.
The separate councillor ballot will contain 12 names, far less than in previous years.
Town officials noted there have been upwards of 30 names on previous ballots. In 2009 there were 17 candidates, returning officer Cathy Somers confirmed.
Many of the contenders have appeared on a previous ballot.
Those on the list are:
• Bill Bowman
• Debra Bradbury
• Kyle Brookings
• Frank Butt
• George Butt Jr. (incumbent)
• Mike George
• Ed Goff (incumbent)
• David Kennedy (incumbent)
• Ray Noel (incumbent)
• Christine Power
• Gerald (Gerry) Power
• Brenda Trickett
Meanwhile, Coun. Betty Forward is not seeking re-election.
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