Familiar faces return to C.B.S. council

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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Stephen Tessier, the only real new face on the Conception Bay South town council, says he's looking forward to his first council meeting and getting on with his work as a councillor.
Two incumbents lost their ward seats in Tuesday night's municipal election, while two candidates who served on council several years ago successfully beat out their opponents.
Tessier won Ward 2 with 319 votes in a close race with incumbent Gerald Dawe, who polled 305.
"I'm pleased, obviously. It was a lot of walking, a lot of door knocking, you know, but it paid off for me. I'm quite pleased with the results," Tessier said.
"The people of C.B.S. thought the existing council was doing a good job and most of them got back in again, but I'm pleased with the fact that I got in.
Tessier, a partner in the St. John's advertising agency WaterWerks Communications, said a lot of C.B.S. residents are looking for a new ice surface, so recreation facilities is one of his priorities, as well as water and sewer.
"Until I get in to see the finances and where we are, what kind of funding is available from the feds and the provincial government, I guess that will dictate what the first priorities are," Tessier said.
Ken McDonald, who served on council from 1993 to 1996, was elected in Ward 3, defeating incumbent Gerard Tilley.
McDonald polled 528 votes, just 20 more than Tilley.
"I'm delighted with the win. I think everybody knew from the start, it would be a close race," McDonald said. "I credit it to hard work. I covered the entire ward and people wanted to see you out knocking on doors."
McDonald said he'd like to congratulate his opponent for a good showing.
"I'm sure it's not the last we've heard from Gerard Tilley and I certainly hope it's not. It shows he had a lot of support and the people respected him for the work he did do in the four years he was there," he said.
Among his priorities, McDonald said he'd like to see roads in the town upgraded and the issue of speeding vehicles addressed. He said the town also needs another ice surface and improved soccer facilities.
Two incumbents were successful in the town's other two wards.
Paul Davis was re-elected by acclamation in Ward 1 while Kirk Youden defeated Ernest Morgan in Ward 4. Youden polled 521 votes and Morgan, 368.
Three incumbents were elected as councillors-at-large - John Hicks, with 1,854 votes, Ken George, with 1,821 and Beverley Rowe, with 1,809.
Sandra Baggs, who served on council for nine years between 1996 and 2004, was elected at-large with 1,541 votes.
Baggs said she knew she had a lot of support and wanted to go back on council.
"There were a lot of things I wanted to do and a lot of things I can do. So, I'm quite happy with being back there," she said.
Environment and recreation issues are among her priorities. "I reared three sons of my own and I know it was recreation that got me through with them and I have grandkids coming up and I know that's what makes people move into the community," Baggs said.
In this election, the mayor's seat wasn't contested. Woodrow French was re-elected by acclamation before election day.
Three at-large candidates who were defeated were Marie Deacy, with 1,496 votes, John French, with 1,410 votes and Connie Scott, with 873 votes.

dss@thetelegram.com

Organizations: C.B.S. council, Conception Bay South town council, WaterWerks Communications

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • Rusty
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Congratulations Kirk Youden on your re-election.

  • Rusty
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    Congratulations Kirk Youden on your re-election.