Craig Dyer one of four councillors welcomed back
Elected to return as councillor in Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, Craig Dyer’s response was to the point.
“It feels fantastic,” he said.
Dyer was one of 11 people running for a councillor’s position in this municipal election. Hoping to return after time in as deputy mayor, he was elected with 425 votes.
Also elected were: Bert Hickey (413), Bradley Power (382), Karen Todhunter (308), James Rose (251) and Ryan Stack (239).
“It was great to see that many candidates,” said Mayor John Kennedy, shortly after the final count.
Kennedy was returned to his position by acclamation.
“My (return) is due directly to the people on the council and the staff,” he said, before applauding the town’s returning council members and the two new faces at the table.
During the run-up to the election, the town’s volunteer fire service had been front and centre. As previously reported, Kennedy made the motion in a meeting Sept. 9 to seal a deal with the St. John’s Regional Fire Department to replace the volunteer service.
On Monday night, the day before the election, the sitting council voted to move ahead with that deal and end the volunteer fire department.
Kennedy has said the town’s new councillors can speak to that decision, but expects they will feel the right decision was made, given the information on fire services placed before council.
On election night, he said he expects some new “major developments” being proposed for the town will also be part of discussions at the council table in near future.
Other candidates were: Gerard Tobin (210 votes), Edward Kinsella (230), Ryan Lane (151) and Arthur Hamlyn (104). Andrew Boland dropped out of the race prior to election day.