No incumbents defeated in St. John's wards

James McLeod
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New faces in wards 2 and 4

There will be a couple of new faces representing City of St. John’s wards on council after Tuesday night’s election result.

None of the incumbents were knocked off, but newcomer Jonathan Galgay will represent Ward 2, and Bernard Davis will be the new face of Ward 4.

Danny Breen was acclaimed in Ward 1, Bruce Tilley won narrowly in Ward 3, and Wally Collins ran away with it in Ward 5.

Tilley said he knew it was going to be a tough fight, but he was confident throughout the campaign.

“I’m looking forward, again, with that vote of confidence to go ahead with the next four (years),” he said. “I had two really tough competitors against me, and I felt all along that I would win, but I figured it was going to be close.”

Sarah Colborne Penney, who lost by 201 votes to Tilley, said she knew that taking on an incumbent would be an uphill battle.

Colborne Penny said, looking at the overall result, the toughest part is that there will be no women at all on city council.

“I’m very sad to see there’s no gender balance on council. That’s very disappointing,” she said. “I think we should have some female voices on council as well.”

Galgay was one of the new faces to come from the city’s wards, and he said he’s looking forward to working with the other new people on council.

“I know Bernard Davis and David Lane and Ron Ellsworth personally; I don’t know the other candidates that well,” he said. “I understand there will be some changes that will take place at city hall, and I’m looking forward to building new relationships. And obviously with new faces comes significant change.”

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