City clerk and returning officer Marina Redmond gets the nomination papers ready for a council candidate at city hall Wednesday. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
CORNER BROOK Despite rumblings of a late addition to the Corner Brook mayor’s race, it will be a two-candidate choice for the city in the upcoming election.
The new mayor of Corner Brook will either be former mayor Charles Pender or current councillor Donna Francis.
City chief administrative officer Mike Dolter and incumbents Leo Bruce and Donna Luther, along with council hopeful and former deputy mayor Mary Ann Murphy, waited until the 8 p.m. deadline to see if the door to city hall would open one more time.
However, council hopeful Chris Noseworthy was the last to officially declare, arriving at about 7:15 p.m.
It was about 10 hours after another new council candidate, Llewellyn Hounsell, was first to sign his papers. City clerks Marina Redmond and Jo Griffin concluded a busy day with about a half an hour to go before deadline.
It may have come as a bit of a surprise to the people waiting until 8 p.m., because they were discussing rumours that a potential third person for the mayor’s race would come forward. A few names of who that could possibly be were tossed around, but it turned out nobody else put their names forward.
It will be a 21-candidate race for the six council positions. The remaining five incumbents are all seeking re-election.
There were only four new additions to the race on nomination day who had not previously announced their intentions.
Former Corner Brook firefighter John Evans will be trying to join council for the second time, after an unsuccessful attempt in 2005.
Having lived in Corner Brook all his life, where he is raising two boys, he said he wants to give back to the city he served for about 30 years. He said he wants to see improved city infrastructure and further protection of its water supply.
Evans believes there are people in the city who have not been adequately represented by previous councils, and that he will strive to change that. He claims he will certainly be heard as a councillor.
Retired federal public service worker Gerard Lee is also trying to gain a council seat in the upcoming election. The semi-retired tax consultant is a born and raised Corner Brooker, who has three children and a grandchild.
He says he does not like the level of back-door tax increases he is subject to as a resident of the city. He would like an opportunity to prioritize where the city’s money is being spent.
Shawn Street, the volunteer co-ordinator with the Bay of Islands Search and Rescue team, is also looking for a chance to help better the city he was born and raised in, and now raises his own two children.
The western director of the provincial search and rescue association says being a councillor is something he has always had an interest in. He believes he has something to contribute to the community, and has been a very active volunteer in many different organizations.
Thomas Stewart, an educator, will also be seeking election after an unsuccessful bid in the last race.