In Stephenville, the current mayor is already out campaigning by posting signs in strategic areas of the town, even putting up some (Coming Soon) signs to save spots when he thought it was a little too early to be campaigning.
It’s probably not a good idea to be putting out signs while people are still in summer mode and enjoying the warm weather that’s been experienced this month.
Councillor hopeful Clayton Billard has been out distributing brochures around the community, while others will likely be getting their campaigns on the go fairly soon.
Also in Stephenville, Deputy Mayor Mike Tobin has already expressed his intention in retaining a seat on council.
Pretty soon key intersections in communities across the province will have signs, signs and more signs in those locations trying to convince the electorate to vote for them. Those who support candidates will be placing signs on their lawns.
While some seeking to get on council will do some door-to-door campaigning, there are others who will just rely on their reputation and hope their sign campaign will get them there.
In Stephenville in looks like four of the long sitting members of council, which includes the mayor, are hoping to get their seats back on council; while Tom Rose is likely going to challenge Mayor Tom O’Brien for his seat.
There are others in the community that are thinking about running but haven’t totally made up their minds yet and it will all be public on nomination day, set for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Stephenville town hall.
With Darlene Oake already saying that she won’t be running this election, there will be two seats available on the Stephenville town council, since current councillor Tom Rose will be running for the mayor’s seat and win or lose, won’t be sitting in a councillor’s seat.
By the time nomination day rolls around, there could be a large number of names on the ballot sheet as there was last election. It should make for an interesting election night in Stephenville.
Of course there are municipal elections taking place right across the province and Stephenville will not be the only one that people will be watching to see who gets seats to represent their particular town or city for the next four years.
The important thing is that people get out and exercise their right to vote for the candidate of his/her choice. If you don’t vote, then you really don’t have the right to complain if a town representative doesn’t stack up to your standards.