Two candidates in the running for Corner Brook mayor

Cory Hurley
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City clerk and returning officer Marina Redmond gets the nomination papers ready for a council candidate at city hall Wednesday. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

CORNER BROOK  Despite rumblings of a late addition to the Corner Brook mayor’s race, it will be a two-candidate choice for the city in the upcoming election.

The new mayor of Corner Brook will either be former mayor Charles Pender or current councillor Donna Francis.

City chief administrative officer Mike Dolter and incumbents Leo Bruce and Donna Luther, along with council hopeful and former deputy mayor Mary Ann Murphy, waited until the 8 p.m. deadline to see if the door to city hall would open one more time.

However, council hopeful Chris Noseworthy was the last to officially declare, arriving at about 7:15 p.m.

It was about 10 hours after another new council candidate, Llewellyn Hounsell, was first to sign his papers. City clerks Marina Redmond and Jo Griffin concluded a busy day with about a half an hour to go before deadline.

It may have come as a bit of a surprise to the people waiting until 8 p.m., because they were discussing rumours that a potential third person for the mayor’s race would come forward. A few names of who that could possibly be were tossed around, but it turned out nobody else put their names forward.

It will be a 21-candidate race for the six council positions. The remaining five incumbents are all seeking re-election.

There were only four new additions to the race on nomination day who had not previously announced their intentions.

Former Corner Brook firefighter John Evans will be trying to join council for the second time, after an unsuccessful attempt in 2005.

Having lived in Corner Brook all his life, where he is raising two boys, he said he wants to give back to the city he served for about 30 years. He said he wants to see improved city infrastructure and further protection of its water supply.

Evans believes there are people in the city who have not been adequately represented by previous councils, and that he will strive to change that. He claims he will certainly be heard as a councillor.

Retired federal public service worker Gerard Lee is also trying to gain a council seat in the upcoming election. The semi-retired tax consultant is a born and raised Corner Brooker, who has three children and a grandchild.

He says he does not like the level of back-door tax increases he is subject to as a resident of the city. He would like an opportunity to prioritize where the city’s money is being spent.

Shawn Street, the volunteer co-ordinator with the Bay of Islands Search and Rescue team, is also looking for a chance to help better the city he was born and raised in, and now raises his own two children.

The western director of the provincial search and rescue association says being a councillor is something he has always had an interest in. He believes he has something to contribute to the community, and has been a very active volunteer in many different organizations.

Thomas Stewart, an educator, will also be seeking election after an unsuccessful bid in the last race.



Geographic location: Corner Brook, Bay of Islands Search

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  • murray
    August 29, 2013 - 11:39

    When are people gonna grow up with this "penders palace" talk. The new building is beautiful and is being used by most everyone. Pender was the guy who got the ball rolling on all the upgrades at the park, the new soccer field but nobody wants to talk about those things.....just the "palace".

  • peter barry
    August 29, 2013 - 09:14

    before the election i hope mr pender will let the people know if he is going to stand up to dunderdale and demand the hospital that was promised back in about a place for people with cancer so they dont have to go to st johns.what about that stand alone university that was promised.we sure dont hear anything from marshall or granter.

    • John
      August 29, 2013 - 10:57

      Peter~ We cannot attract an ordinary GP to Corner Brook let alone staffing for a radiation unit. Many of us have been without a family doctor for over a year. As to the university, that issue was well-researched and the consultations duly done. Most of those involved agree that the best solution has been put in place.

  • IAMtheJIB
    August 29, 2013 - 07:54

    Two candidates for mayor...this is how we got in the position we are in now. Very little choice when it comes to mayor, and absolutely nothing new coming to the table. On one hand, we have Donna Francis who is is part of the current administration that will go down in Corner Brook history as the worst council this city has ever seen. The other, Charles Pender, has a proven track record of doing things his way, right or wrong, regardless of cost or consequence... Not a big difference from our current Mayor. This choice of picking the lesser of two evils is far to common today in all levels of politics and is what has gotten us in the mess we are in today. I'm not sure who will be top dawg in "Penders Palace" this time, but neither would be my choice based on their track records.