There will be newcomers wearing the chain of office from Wabush to Conception Bay South, but familiar faces back in the mayor's chair in St. John's and Corner Brook, after voters across Newfoundland and Labrador marked their X in municipal elections Tuesday.

In Wabush, Colin Vardy defeated incumbent mayor Ron Barron. The sitting mayor in Conception Bay South, Woodrow French, was ousted by Ken MacDonald.

Charles Pender, who lost the job in 2009, is back as mayor of Corner Brook, defeating Donna Francis.

St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe easily fended off a challenge from Coun. Sheilagh O'Leary.

Many larger centres had sitting mayors returned to the job without a challenge.

In Mount Pearl, Randy Simms won uncontested. Al Hawkins was returned without opposition in Grand Falls-Windsor. And Claude Elliott, who has been Gander mayor since the 1990s, will keep the job for four more years.

There are a total of 276 municipalities in the province, but many did not need elections.

In towns from Anchor Point to Woody Point, the councils were acclaimed, with no races required.