Gary Goobie returning as mayor, claims victory by more than 200-vote margin
Taking in family, friends and supporters — as well as results — at her Holyrood home, mayoral candidate Marie Hunt said she was enjoying election night, despite not being elected.
“It’s been a fabulous experience,” she said of her time campaigning, in an interview with The Telegram shortly after results were announced.
She said she was not surprised with the re-election of Gary Goobie as Holyrood’s mayor.
“I would have expected that given he’s the incumbent and an experienced politician ... however I’m very pleased with the things I have learned over the past few weeks,” she said, committing to being engaged with the elected council on important issues.
Hunt received 135 votes, Curtis Buckle got 326 and Goobie was voted back with 537 votes.
The town’s candidates for councillor included three newcomers, with all three being elected. Kimberly Ghaney was top vote-getter with 755 votes, while Roger Myette received 678 and Rosena Norman got 504.
Returning councillors are: Jim Joy (760), Sadie King (688) and George Penney (665).
Brendan Hunt, who was a councillor, lost his seat by nine votes. Hunt had 496 votes in his favour.
A total of 998 people voted in Holyrood, placing the voter turnout at 59 per cent.
Shortly after polls closed, returning officer Gary Corbett said the hope was to see turnout top 1,000 voters, with about 1,600 eligible.