Some fresh faces in council seats in Labrador towns

People in Labrador were ready for change in this municipal election, with a new mayor in Wabush and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, as well as other new faces on council.
Jamie Snook, left, was elected as the new mayor for Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Tuesday night. His main competition for the role, John Hickey, congratulates him. (Kate Adach/CBC)

People in Labrador were ready for change in this municipal election, with new mayors in Wabush and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, as well as other new faces on council.

Voters in Happy Valley-Goose Bay sent a clear message on Tuesday night's municipal election: they want change.

Residents elected an entirely new council, as well as a mayor who is a newcomer to the political ring.

Jamie Snook, 37, was voted in by a landslide, defeating political veteran John Hickey by almost 1,000 votes.

Despite his lack of experience, Snook said he's ready to take on the challenged facing his community.

"I'm not one bit intimidated by it," Snook said.

"I knew going into this [it] was going to be a lot of hard work, and I'm looking forward to getting started."

Hickey, a retired politician, served as a mayor, a cabinet minister and an MHA.

"Obviously the people of Happy Valley-Goose Bay had a sour taste in their mouth from the last council," Hickey said.

"They wanted everything new … and, you know, the people have spoken — and spoken clearly — and we'll leave it at that," he added.

In Wabush, Colin Vardy defeated incumbent mayor Ron Barron.

Vardy took just over 48 per cent of the vote, while Barron garnered just above 39 per cent. Third challenger Edna MacDonald lagged behind with around 12 per cent.

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