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Bonneville wins Ward 3 Belfast City Council seat

By Kendra Caruso | Nov 05, 2019
Brenda Bonneville in her shop, Ambiance, in downtown Belfast Sept. 18.

Belfast — Brenda Bonneville won Belfast’s Ward 3 City Council seat after a heated race against Sophia Ridgely Fuller that many felt was a referendum on a proposed salmon farm.

City of Belfast results at 11:42 p.m. reported 961 votes for Bonneville to 543 votes for Fuller. In Wards 1 and 2, the vote was 454-240; in Wards 3 and 4, 391-238; and in Ward 5, 116-65. There were six write-ins and 72 blanks, for a total turnout of 1,582 — about average for a municipal election.

Reached by phone, Bonneville said she is grateful for the support and was overwhelmed by the 25 people who joined her at Rollies Bar and Grill to celebrate her victory. She said she is ready to start working for the people of Belfast.

"I am grateful and I'm honored and humbled," she said. "I'm excited to get to serve as a city councilor."

Bonneville did not campaign on a cut-and-dried platform, but rather asserted that she wanted to be the person who “swings the pendulum back to the middle.” She said she wants to repair ties between mayor and council after spats between councilors and the previous mayor over the past two years.

She took stances similar to those of incumbent Ward 4 City Councilor Mike Hurley and mayoral candidate (now Mayor-elect) Eric Sanders, often agreeing with them during a candidates forum Oct. 21. Both men supported her run for City Council.

The Ambiance shop owner decided to get involved after the community split over Nordic Aquafarms' proposed land-based fish farm. She has said she hopes to be a councilor who can mend ties among community groups with opposing views.

Although Fuller did not voice outright opposition to the salmon farm during her campaign, she said she is wary of large corporations coming into the city without a performance bond, and drew much of her support from Nordic opponents.

Hurley was reelected to the Ward 4 City Council seat and Sanders, outgoing Ward 3 councilor, was elected mayor. Both ran unopposed.

The mayor and councilors will be sworn in Monday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m.

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