The deputy mayor’s chair of St. John’s will be filled with a familiar face following last night’s election.
Ron Ellsworth, who served in that role from 2005 to 2009, took a little more than 83 per cent of the vote.
“I’m very excited,” he said over the phone shortly after the numbers were in.
Ellsworth took a run at the mayor’s chair in 2009 but lost to Dennis O’Keefe, who managed to secure his place for another four years in last night’s election.
Ellsworth announced he started looking at how the public would react to him running for deputy mayor last winter and was excited to see the support he had for the position.
Ellsworth commented on the lack of diversity on the newly elected council. Though there are a few new voices, there aren’t any women.
“It’s up to government to get more diversity,” he said, adding that it will be essential for council to listen closely during the next four years to make sure a variety of voices are heard.
If Ellsworth’s challenger had have gotten in, there would have been at least one voice on council that stood out from the pack. Jennifer McCreath, a transgender woman, was the only other person vying for the position of deputy mayor.
“I knew I was coming into this as a major underdog,” McCreath said.
Four weeks ago, McCreath dropped out of the race because there wasn’t anybody willing to nominate her. When she went public about it, she was able to jump back in the race and take close to 6,000 votes.
“I think that’s an incredible accomplishment to be proud of,” she said.
McCreath added that she had an amazing experience and feels she has a more powerful voice than ever to be able to speak about the issues she believes in.