Manuel seeking re-election
Battle brewing for mayor’s seat in Grand Falls-Windsor
Sitting Mayor Barry Manuel has made it official – he will see re-election in the September general municipal election.
Manuel has served as mayor since ascending to the seat from his deputy mayor position when Al Hawkins resigned to seek a seat in the provincial legislature.
In an emailed release, Manuel said it has been an honour and a privilege to serve his community on council during the past four years, and states he is committed to the town.
“We have a very bright future, and I humbly ask for the opportunity to continue making Grand Falls-Windsor a great place to live,” he said.
Manuel said he prides himself on taking a common-sense approach to council and the many issues that confront it day to day, “whether it’s gathering relevant facts, considering all sides of an issue, or making informed decisions,” he stated. “I work well with people, encourage teamwork, and I am able to take a stand and speak on behalf our town whenever and wherever necessary.”
He also believes his roots will have an impact on the race.
“I was born and raised in Grand Falls-Windsor (and) I genuinely care about my hometown, which I hope is demonstrated through my commitment as mayor,” he continued.
“I feel that I know and understand this community. With that knowledge, I am looking forward to continuing to work closely with all citizens and being available every day to work on issues of importance to our town.”
Manuel said he appreciates the positive encouragement he has received from residents in seeking the position.
“As a community, we have significant opportunities before us that must be seized,” he stated. “I am fully committed to working hard to improve the quality of life for all citizens.”
For the remainder of his term, Manuel said he will continue to focus on doing his best as mayor, and in the coming weeks looks forward to discussing community issues and outlining his approach and vision for the next four years.
Fellow councillor Peggy Bartlett has also declared her intention to run for mayor.
Election Day is Sept. 26; Aug. 29 is Nomination Day and an advance poll will be held Sept. 16.
Barry Manuel is the second candidate to declare an interest in the mayor’s seat in the upcoming municipal elections. Fellow councillor Peggy Bartlett stated her intentions earlier this year.