Pinkney pledges her assistance

Behind-the-scene work can help to accomplish more

Last week, recent mayoral candidate Maureen Pinkney said she will not call for a recount after the Nov. 15 election resulted in Mayor Mitch Campsall winning by a margin of just 10 votes.

“I am satisfied that the election results were accurate and do not see any reason to pursue a recount.”

After perusing the names on the registered voters list, she saw “a great many” new voters, she explained.

“That was really my only question at the time.

“It just shows how very important every single vote is, and those who had the right to vote and did not use it, well, they will either be kicking themselves or happy.

“… It is still sad that our turnout numbers are so small. All residents live close to the voting station, with three different chances to vote, and yet there was still well under 50 per cent turnout.”

(District chief election officer Tammy McDermind estimates a 40 per cent turnout.)

In his post-election comments, District Councillor Ralph Fossum said he “greatly respects” Pinkney’s enthusiasm, energy and ongoing hard work, and hopes council can benefit from her assistance with local issues.

Pinkney responded by saying she thinks this would be “wonderful.”

“I want to see a few changes for the betterment of the taxpayers, and it would be much easier for me to see those things through with their assistance – or rather them heading it up with my assistance – than it is to try to achieve these things on my own.”

Corresponding comments were made by Coun. Bill Hadden, who said he plans to meet with the three unsuccessful councillor candidates to discuss and work on their “valid” concerns.

Pinkney said she hopes all of the elected officials will be open to working together on issues.

“In the end, I just want to see our great community become even greater.”

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