One incumbent loses seat
STEWIACKE – Stewiacke residents will be represented by three new councillors for the next four years following Saturday night’s municipal elections.
Three other councillors, Russel Stoddart (295 votes), Tracy Werenka (249 votes) and Pam Osborne (318 votes) were returned to their seats while Debbie Frizzell (219 votes) was the only incumbent who to lose their council position.
A total of 552 voters out of a possible 943 eligible residents marked their ballots, representing 58.54 per cent.
The three newcomers are Susan Creelman (360 votes), Richard Patterson (309 votes) and Chad Ramsey (250 votes).
Other candidates not elected included Jim Acker (134 votes), Jim McMorran (105 votes), Sherrylynn Woodworth (160 votes) and Chester Gourley (184 votes).
Reached at home by the Truro Daily News shortly after the results were in, newcomer Ramsey said he was happy with the evening’s results is eager to get started with council business.
“I was pretty confident,” he said, going into the election. “I think things went well. I’m just looking forward to getting in there and I guess getting my opinions out there.”
Stoddart, who has served one term on council said he was “elated” with the results.
“I’m pleased to be back at the table. We had a big field,” he said of the 11 candidates who had been vying for the town’s 6 council seats after former deputy mayor Wendy Robinson was acclaimed for the mayor’s seat.
“I congratulate everybody who put their name forward,” Stoddart said. “It takes a certain amount of strength of one kind or another to even consider running for a public office.
“I think we’re going to have a good council,” he added, “it looks like a solid core. Of course with our new mayor I think things will gel rather quickly.”
Werenka, who has served two previous council terms, said was feeling “fairly confident” as the campaign wound down but she certainly was not taking anything for granted.
“It was a tight race, 11 people vying for six seats, so it was anyone’s game,” she said.
“I’m just very thankful to the citizens for their continued support to allow me to serve yet again for another four-year term.”