George Butt wins Carbonear mayoralty byelection

George Butt was elected by a wide margin in a byelection Tuesday night against his only opponent, Ches Ash.
George Butt was elected as the new mayor of Carbonear in a byelection Tuesday night. (CBC)

The Town of Carbonear has a new mayor. 

George Butt Jr. was elected by a wide margin in a byelection Tuesday night against his only opponent, Ches Ash.

The final tally was 1,348 for Butt and 458 for Ash.

The byelection was held after Sam Slade stepped down as mayor last November, following his move to into provincial politics. Slade resigned just days after winning the provincial byelection in Carbonear-Harbour Grace.  

Voters in Carbonear will be going to the polls again, however. The additional byelection was made necessary because Butt, who was formerly the town's deputy mayor, waited until the last minute to resign from his council position to run for mayor. 

That byelection has been scheduled for April 21.

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