[Updated – Graeme Outerbridge has been elected as the new Mayor of Hamilton, defeating incumbent Charles Gosling with 55.33% of the vote. In St George’s Mayor Kenny Bascome retained his position winning 66.44% [299 to 151] of the vote over challenger Alfonso Harris.
Mr Outerbridge’s fellow candidates in “Team Hamilton” were also successful at the polls, picking up Alderman and Common Councillor positions. The new Aldermen are Gwyneth Rawlins, Donal Smith and Carlton Simmons; and the new Common Councillors are Larry Scott, George Scott, Roseann Edwards, Troy Symonds, and Anthony Davis.]
Voters in the City of Hamilton and the Town of St George’s have been heading to the polls today [May 10], with both municipalities holding elections. Hamilton Mayor Charles Gosling is being challenged by Graeme Outerbridge, while St George’s Mayor Kenneth Bascome is up against Alfonso Harris.
Mr Outerbridge is running as part of “Team Hamilton”, which will also see Youth on the Move President Carlton Simmons, former UBP chairwoman Gwyneth Rawlins and Donal Smith run for Alderman; and lawyer Larry Scott, Troy Symonds, Keith Davis and George Scott run for Common Councillor.
Hamilton Mayor Charles Gosling is running for reelection along with most the persons presently holding office including John Harvey, Dennis Tucker, Walter Cross, Pamela Quarterly and Nicholas Swan.
Running for Alderman is John Harvey, Marshall Minors, Gwyneth Rawlins, Carlton Simmons, Donal Smith, and Dennis Tucker. Walter Cross, Anthony L. Keith Davis, Roseann Edwards, Pamela Ann Quarterly, George Scott, Larry Scott, Nicholas Swan and Troy Symonds all running for Common Councillor.
The elections will be the first one in which its one vote per resident, previously votes were allotted based on how many properties a person owned. The change occurred following the passing of the Municipalities Reform Act, which had been protested by Mayor Gosling and others.
Update 8.20pm: Polls have closed, results are expected shortly.
Update 9.02pm: In St George’s the incumbent Mayor Kenneth Bascome is leading over Alfonso Harris with 67.86% of the vote after 1 of 4 counts.
Update 9.15pm: In Hamilton challenger Graeme Outerbridge is leading the incumbent Mayor Charles Gosling with 62% [31 - 19] of the vote after 1 of 4 counts.
Update 9.31pm: St George’s Mayor Kenneth Bascome continues to lead over challenger Alfonso Harris with 64.32% of the vote [146 - 81] after 2 of 4 counts.
Update 9.47pm: Graeme Outerbridge continues to lead incumbent Hamilton Mayor Charles Gosling with 55.1% [54 - 44] of the vote after 2 of 4 counts.
Update 10.01pm: Hamilton Alderman, after 2 of 4 counts, is: Gwyneth Rawlins [20.82%], Donal Smith [20.14%], Carlton Simmons [18.43%], John Harvey [14.68%], Marshall Minors [13.99%], and Dennis Tucker [11.95%]
Update 10.06pm: St George’s Mayor Kenneth Bascome looks set to hold his position, leading with 64.94% [226 - 122] of the vote after 3 of 4 counts.
Update 10.09pm: For St George’s Alderman, with 3 of 4 counts in, Renee Anderson-Ming leads with 34.13%, Quinell Francis has 29.12%, Eric Rothwell has 19.57%, and Steven Hollis has 17.18%.
Update 10.35pm: St George’s Mayor Kenneth Bascome has held off challenger Alfonso Harris, retaining his position as Mayor with 66.44% of the vote. The final tally after 4 of 4 counts was Bascome 299 votes and Harris 151 votes.
Update 10.39pm: With 3 of 4 vote counts in, Hamilton challenger Graeme Outerbridge maintains a slim lead over the incumbent Mayor Charles Gosling with 52.38% of the vote. Outerbridge has 77 votes, Gosling 70.
Update 10.42pm: The final tally for St George’s Alderman: Renee Anderson-Ming [33.54%], Quinell Francis [27.86%] , Eric Rothwell [20.23%] , and Steven Hollis [18.37%]
Update 10.45pm: Hamilton Alderman, after 3 of 4 counts, is: Donal Smith [20.87%], Gwyneth Rawlins [20.64%], Carlton Simmons [18.81%], John Harvey [14.45%], Marshall Minors [13.76%], and Dennis Tucker [11.47%]
Update 10.49pm: For Hamilton Councillor, with 3 of 4 counts in: Roseann Edwards [16.54%], Troy Symonds [14.77%], George Scott [14.03%], Larry Scott [14.03%], Anthony L. Keith Davis [12.11%], Nicholas Swan [10.49%], Walter Cross [9.16%] and Pamela Ann Quarterly [8.86%].
Update 11.18pm: Graeme Outerbridge has been elected as the new Mayor of Hamilton, defeating incumbent Charles Gosling with 55.33% of the vote [109 - 88]. Mr Outerbridge’s fellow candidates in “Team Hamilton” were also successful at the polls, picking up Alderman and Councillor positions.
Update 11.31pm: The three new Aldermen are all from “Team Hamilton”- Gwyneth Rawlins, Donal Smith and Carlton Simmons. The final tally after 4 of 4 counts was: Gwyneth Rawlins [20.93%], Donal Smith [20.93%], Carlton Simmons [19.90%], John Harvey [13.32%], Marshall Minors [13.32%], and Dennis Tucker [11.59%]
Update 11.40pm: “Team Hamilton” also had a strong showing in the vote for Common Councillor, with Nicholas Swan, Walter Cross and Pamela Ann Quarterly all being ousted in favour of the newcomers. The final tally for Hamilton Councillor after 4 of 4 counts was: Roseann Edwards [16.57%], Troy Symonds [14.92%], Larry Scott [14.25%], George Scott [14.14%], Anthony L. Keith Davis [12.27%], Nicholas Swan [10.39%], Walter Cross [9.17%] and Pamela Ann Quarterly [8.29%].
Update 11.39pm: The PLP issued a statement congratulating the winners of this evening’s elections. It follows in full below:
The Progressive Labour Party congratulates Mr. Kenneth Bascome & Mr. Graeme Outerbridge on their respective victories in the Mayoral races in St. George’s and Hamilton tonight.
We also congratulate those new Aldermen and Common Councillors that were elected to represent their municipalities.
We are confident that the teams selected by the electorate will work diligently on their constituents’ behalves.
The Progressive Labour Party is proud that under its watch democracy was reformed in the Municipalities to ensure that more Bermudians could participate and be empowered. We are pleased to acknowledge this first election under these changes.
One man, one vote is the bedrock of democracy and, tonight, we celebrate the people’s choices to lead Hamilton and St. George’s.
Update 11.43pm: The official writ giving the results of the City of Hamilton Municipal Elections is below [PDF here]
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