Manuel seek­ing re-elec­tion

Bat­tle brew­ing for mayor’s seat in Grand Falls-Wind­sor

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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.

FILE PHOTO

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.

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