There were few surprises after the ballots were counted in the dozens of municipal elections held in this region Tuesday.
The winners will soon be sworn in to run their communities for the next four years.
All those who put their names forward as candidates — winners and losers — should be congratulated for their interest in the future of their individual communities.
The most compelling result was in Corner Brook where former mayor Charles Pender was ushered back into office with a comfortable victory over outgoing councillor Donna Francis.
How Pender approaches his tenure this time around should keep all residents watching carefully.
The new mayor was pushed from office after one term at the helm when he wore out his welcome with voters.
That action, however, isn’t new in Corner Brook.
Voters have a reputation for quickly losing patience with mayors and showing them the door after one term.
Outgoing Mayor Neville Greeley decided not to reoffer, but general opinion was that there was little chance he would have retained the post after a fractious term.
Pender should have learned where he went wrong the last time and be able to avoid getting on the wrong side of taxpayers.
His loss to Greeley four years ago can be blamed almost entirely on his unbending push to build an expensive new city hall.
That project is finished — except the cost of paying for it — but voters showed with their Xs that they are willing to forgive and forget past decisions and will give Pender another four years running the city.