Spence won’t rule out another run at municipal council in the future
DEER LAKE With 1,032 votes, Dean Ball won a second term as mayor for the Town of Deer Lake, defeating challenger Myra Spence, who managed 871 votes.
At age 29, new councillor Amanda Freake will take Spence’s place on council. Freake managed to get 1,197 votes from local residents.
Ball exuberantly hugged his wife and his mother after hearing the final tallies at just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. He admitted that after spending 23 years on council some were calling for a new voice, but insisted that he has the new ideas the town needs.
“There are always people who look for change and having an election like this keeps us on our toes,” he said. “But I think Deer Lake is ready to take the next step (in business development), we’re in a good position to move forward.”
Spence said she had no ill feeling towards Ball and his victory and was happy to give people a choice, which she said was one of her main goals. The two were both on-hand at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex in Deer Lake for the results, which volunteers did not finished until approximately 11:40 p.m.
“I believe in choice, I believe in democracy, I think it would not have been good if we didn’t have a choice for mayor,” she said. “It’s not a good thing for other communities to just have their councillors acclimated, people need to be able to vote.”
Spence said she will go back to her volunteering for Girl Guides, her church and people with special needs and the next election could see her name on the ballot. She replaced former councillor Barry Manuel in a by-election when he called it quits in 2011, halfway through his first term, to relocate for work.
“I wouldn’t rule it out, I’d consider running again,” she said. “As long as there’s a choice on the ballot I’ll be happy.”
Along with Freake, returning councillors Elmo Bingle, Kerry Jones, Sheila Mercer, Sandra Pinksen and Jean Young will all occupy the council table around Ball. Freake, age 29, said she looks forward to showing what she can bring to that table.
She admitted to being ecstatic at her victory. She admits she didn’t do much campaigning, but she received more votes than some of the more established councillors.
“I’m excited to show what I can do on council,” said Freake, who organized the Deer Lake Strawberry Festival for the past few years. “I hope I can bring a youthfulness to the council and some new ideas.”
Bingle received 1,200 votes for council while Jones received 1,209. Mercer received 1,059 votes and Pinksen ended the night with 1,313 votes.
Council hopefuls Angie Parsons and Jim Williams received 746 votes and 659 votes respectively. Parsons said during the vote-count that he was feeling better than the numbers indicated thus far, and said he was not sure he’d run again.
Council’s next meeting will be Sept. 30, during which council will elect a deputy mayor, a role filled by Pinksen in the last term.