Two former deputy mayors on ballot for mayor
Carbonear held a nomination date yesterday (Jan. 22) for the position of mayor, after former mayor Sam Slade resigned in December.
By the close of nominations, two experienced candidates emerged.
Former deputy mayors George Butt Jr. and Ches Ash will both be on the ballot Feb 18.
Butt has recently come under fire for postponing his resignation from council until Monday, Jan. 20, creating the probability of a second byelection to replace his recently vacated seat.
He served as deputy mayor from 2001 to 2004, assuming the position of mayor after the sudden death of the late Claude Garland. He was named deputy mayor again in September, garnering the highest number of votes of all candidates in the municipal general election.
Ash lost the bid for mayor in September 2013 against Slade, who later resigned after winning a byelection for MHA for Carbonear-Harbour Grace. Ash was deputy mayor from 2009 to 2013.
Although both men have held the same position on council, they have very few similarities.
Butt has been a longtime mail carrier with Canada Post, while Ash is a former school administrator at Carbonear Collegiate.
The Compass will have more on the candidates shortly.