Moses Tucker unseats Bill Fagan as mayor
Reaching mailboxes in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s on election day, a last-minute mailout posed the question: “Do you want more of the same?”
This flyer was handed out to residents of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s before Tuesday’s election. — Submitted photo
The answer from the electorate was no.
Outside of the mayor, not a single member of the previous town council is returning after the election.
Credited to Concerned Residents of PCSP, the flyer was mostly large images of news clippings highlighting legal battles involving town officials in recent years, including mayoral incumbent Bill Fagan.
“We can do better. Don’t let your vote go to waste,” it stated.
Regardless of the mailout, or statements made in the leadup to the election, Fagan still received strong support in his bid to return, registering 1,201 votes in his favour.
Even so, Moses Tucker ultimately won, with 1,313 votes.
Tucker is a past mayor of
St. Philip’s and sat on town council prior to this election, making him the only one who will be back at the council table.
Change was the order of the day and the town’s new councillors are: Gavin Will (with 1,307 votes), Johnny Hanlon (1,136), Dave Bartlett (1,024), Joe Butler (1,005), Norm Collins (921) and Aaron Facey (788).
The town had a long list of candidates for councillor positions, so members of the last council running for re-election were not the only candidates unable to win a seat.
“We didn’t win,” said Stephen Andrews, who was running alongside his wife, Emir Andrews. “But we got a significant change, a completely new council.”
Having taken in the results at the town office, Andrews said he is pleased with the range in age as well as experience with new members.
“It’s a good mix of people,” he said.