Small Point-Broad Cove-Blackhead-Adam’s Cove will head to the polls
For the first time in almost 20 years, the citizens of Small Point-Broad Cove-Blackhead-Adam’s Cove will have a say who serves on their town council.
Residents of the community of some 300 voters will finally head to the polls Sept. 24 after seven people were nominated for five seats before the Sept. 3 deadline.
The Compass has learned that three other potential candidates were nominated, but did not file the paperwork before the 8 p.m. cutoff.
Town officials say that there were some people that were out of town and were relying on others to nominate them, which did not happen.
Town Clerk Dana Fagner told The Compass that she was surprised by the number of inquiries she received from locals about the elections.
“A lot of residents had no idea how elections worked,” she said. “Some didn’t know they could vote for five people. It’s a learning process for some.”
In 2001 the town reduced the number of seats from seven to five and for the past decade there have only been four members of council.
After the previous four members were acclaimed the town held a byelection. Only resident Wanda Crocker stepped up for the position. She will be seeking re-election.
In fact, the entire five-member council has decided to run again, including incumbent Mayor Leslie Gover, William O’Leary, George McNeil and Linda O’Leary.
They are being challenged by Earnest Gosney and Ann Marie Delaney.
Fagner is hoping to have a high turnout for the vote, especially since it has been so long since they had that opportunity.
“We are just trying to get the news out there,” she explained.