Plenty of choice for voters in Cupids, Heart’s Desire byelections

Melissa Jenkins
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There are two byelections looming in the Trinity-Conception region, with a flurry of candidates — six in Cupids and four in Heart’s Desire — stepping forward to fill the vacant positions on each town council.

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In Cupids, an unusual and unexpected situation has risen, after a man who resigned his seat only a few months ago looks to reclaim the role.

Thomas Power was elected to council for the first time last September during the municipal general election, but he resigned in January for “personal reasons.”

In a surprising move, Power put his name forward again April 8 during the town’s nomination date.

When contacted by The Compass, Power refused to say what has changed, and declined to explain his motives behind the unexpected move.

“(There’s) nothing I’m going to discuss,” he said.

There are two open spaces in Cupids. The second vacancy happened when former councillor Doug Furey resigned earlier this year.

Joining Power on the ballot will be newcomers Ronald Edmunds, Craig Pomeroy, Gordon Power, Shawn Smith and Scotty Clifton Thorne.

Cupids didn’t head to the polls in the September municipal general election, after seven people were acclaimed. Before being sworn in, one nominee, Henry Hurley, declined the position, leaving a vacancy.

A byelection was avoided in October when a single nominee, Mike Power, was acclaimed.

There is little speculation on why so many candidates came forward for this byelection. Even Mayor Harold Akerman declined comment on the matter.

Cupids voters will have plenty of choice April 29 on who will join Akerman, Mike Power, Christine Burry, Darrin Akerman and Kevin Connolly. Eligible voters will cast their ballots at the Cupids community centre between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Town of Heart’s Desire has four candidates for a single vacancy.

Robert Clarke, Renee Groves, Jeanette Harris and Patrick Lahey have stepped up to replace former councillor Elizabeth (Diane) Langer. She resigned in February and is now a resident of Ontario.

In September’s election, nine people ran for seven seats, but none of the current candidates were on that ballot.

Candidate Renee Groves previously ran unsuccessfully in 2009.

Heart’s Desire voters will cast their ballots April 29 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at town hall.

Organizations: The Compass

Geographic location: Cupids, Ontario

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