The Town of Clarenville has a new representative on its municipal council as residents made their choice, and voted Keith Fillier as their seventh councillor.
The call for a byelection came back in May of this year, as former councillor Lloyd Parrott resigned following his provincial election win in the district of Terra Nova.
On Tuesday, Sept. 17, returning officers counted the votes in a six-way race—with Fillier emerging victorious.
Fillier told The Packet the entire process was a fun experience. He also offered his respect to the five other candidates who he says all “ran a great race.”
“What I plan to do now is get my feet wet,” said Fillier. “Just sit down and get a feel for things.”
He adds he wants to contribute in a positive way for his town.
“I’ve been lucky enough since we moved to Clarenville 25 years ago to have worked with people and been involved with different things like the minor hockey association, and met a lot of great people along the way.”
He thanked his family, friends and everyone who supported him in the election.
There was a total of 3,823 eligible voters for the byelection, with a final tally of 1,048 casting their votes. There were 15 polls in total, including an advance poll, held on Saturday, Sept. 14, and a mobile poll for some voters in homes and hospital.
The full results are as follows:
• Keith Fillier: 311
• Donna Maloney-Brown: 285
• Pearl Martin: 278
• Kristian Hounsell: 66
• Barbara Reid: 55
• Brian Smith: 53
Chief administrative officer David Harris says FIllier is set to be sworn in on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the next regular council meeting.