Bay Roberts -
For the second time in as many general municipal elections, Glenn Littlejohn doesn't have to campaign for his chain of office.
The popular Bay Roberts incumbent mayor was acclaimed Sept. 1 after no one came forward to challenge him before the close of nominations.
Littlejohn was first acclaimed mayor of Bay Roberts in 2005, when he ran for the mayor's chair for the first time, succeeding former mayor Wilbur Sparkes, who didn't seek re-election at that time.
Reached at Bay Roberts Town Hall last week, Littlejohn said he didn't quite know what to make of it.
"Either nobody else wants it, or the people are satisfied you're doing a good job."
Either way, Littlejohn said, "I take it as a compliment."
But Littlejohn says he didn't take anything for granted.
"I had some signs done up and was putting a campaign in place because you can't presume anything," he said.
Meanwhile, the six councillors seeking re-election weren't as lucky. Eight newcomers are also looking for council seats.
Gerald Greenland, Clarence G. Mercer, Bill Seymour, Melvin Walsh, Philip Wood and Walter Yetman will all seek re-election on Sept. 29.
Newcomers Ruth Brown, Howard S. Butler, Sean Elms, Gerald Fennemore, Dean Franey, Kim Mullet-Neil, Betty Parsons and Edmund Pottle are also seeking seats on council.
There are 14 candidates - up from the 10 who ran in 2005.
Encouraged by the increase in interest in serving on council, Littlejohn observed, "this is a great cross-section of candidates. I'm looking forward to an interesting campaign."
This will be Littlejohn's fourth term on town council.
First elected in the 1997 election as a councillor, he topped the poll among elected councillors in 2001, becoming deputy mayor, a post he held for one term before being acclaimed mayor in 2005.
An advance poll will be held in Bay Roberts on Saturday, Sept. 26.