Nomination day has come and passed in Stephenville with five of the six incumbent councillors putting their names on the ballot once again, along with four new candidates.
In the mayoral race, there are two candidates, current mayor Tom O’Brien and challenger Tom Rose.
For council, with a total of five new candidates in addition to the incumbents, it should make for an interesting election.
If all the incumbents were returned to their seats, it would mean one of the other four nominees will be sitting at the table.
While voters have typically gone with the incumbents in the past in Stephenville elections, there is always the possibility of an upset with some quality candidates on the ballot.
Rose sat on council from 1994 to 1997, but since has had his sights set on the mayor’s seat for a number of elections and is going to give it another crack after a 299 vote deficit in the 2009 election.
Incumbent councillors are being joined on the ballot by Melvin Pollard, Justin House, John Finn and Arch Locke.
While Pollard ran in the 2009 election, House, Finn and Locke are all newcomers to the municipal election race.
Each has their own qualities and involvements in the community and with the right campaign could possibly gain a seat on council. But it’s never an easy road to upset a council member that is already in place, especially if the public believes those individuals are doing their job.
It’s up to the electorate who get out to the polls to make their decision on who will be sitting at the council table.
All too often with municipal elections the voter turnout is low, so things don’t change much.
The challenge for the new nominees is to get the voters to the polls to cast their ballots in their favour.
In the end, it will be very interesting to see the final results and what the council will shape up like after the Stephenville voters make their decision and how many new faces there will be at the table.