FALL RIVER: Cathy Deagle-Gammon may have lost the battle to be the HRM representative for District 1, but she’s taking solace in her showing at the polls in her rookie foray into municipal politics.
Deagle-Gammon lost to Steve Streatch during the HRM municipal election on Oct. 15, falling 2,245-1,790 votes. Only 36 per cent of the eligible 16,405 voters (5,917) in Waverley-Fall River-Musquodoboit Valley voted, down from 43 per cent in 2012.
The Fall River resident said while she’s disappointed with the outcome, she’s happy to finish second. It was her first-ever foray into the municipal politics realm.
“Obviously I’m disappointed, but it was still close,” she said after congratulating Streatch. “Coming second is nothing to be disappointed with. We’ll see what happens in the next four years.
She said doesn’t regret throwing her name in the ring, and hinted depending on the situation she could see herself running in 2020.
“Four years is a long time, but let’s see what happens in the next four years,” she said. “This journey was incredible. Would I take it again? I think I would.”
Deagle-Gammon does feel having six candidates in the race diluted the votes.
“Having six candidates in the race, when you have that many people it might stretch out the vote,” she said.
Instead of heading to city hall to represent her fellow residents, she will return to her job as Executive Director with Dartmouth Adult Services Centre (DASC) Industries and continue her good work there.