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Two-person race for mayor in Lewisporte

John Mullett and Betty Clarke and running for the mayor's seat in Lewisporte.
John Mullett and Betty Clarke and running for the mayor's seat in Lewisporte.

Betty Clarke and John Mullett are vying for the mayor's seat in Lewisporte in the upcoming municipal election on Sept. 26.

Polling stations will be established at the Lion’s Centre and the Kinsmen Centre, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. There will be an advanced poll Sept. 23 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at the town hall.

Here's a look at the candidates:

Betty Clarke

• Has lived in Lewisporte since 1981.

• Retired from career as supervisor of contract services and business education instructor with College of the North Atlantic

• Previously served as mayor, deputy mayor, and councillor of Lewisporte from 1989-97.

• Extensive volunteering record includes board member of the Calypso Foundation, director with the Lewisporte and Area Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC), chair of the Open Learning Centre, and vice chair of the Lewisporte Collegiate School Council

Q. Why do you want to be mayor of Lewisporte?

A. I enjoyed it in the past. I am a people person, I love meeting people and I love working with people. I was approached to run, so I thought it over, and I am not working anymore and I have all the time in the world. My first priority is to help the people.

Q. What would be the first issue you would like to address as mayor?

A. There are a lot of issues at town hall. Accountability and transparency, in my mind, is lacking right now. That would be the first thing — to make it more open to the residents of Lewisporte, have an open concept. I was use to, as mayor, allowing people to come in and chat to me or anybody else. It’s not just coming in to pay their taxes, but stand up and have a chat with me. Openness is what we need at the town hall.

John Mullett

John Mullet was contacted for an interview to respond to the same questions as Clarke but could not be reached as of deadline. The information contained below was obtained through research by the reporter.

• Deputy Mayor for Lewisporte from 2013-17

• Councillor from 2012-13 (elected in by-election)

• Lived in Lewisporte all his life

• Business person

• Volunteering record includes minor and school hockey coach

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