May­ors Plat­forms

Get to know your can­di­dates.

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GRAND FALLS-WIND­SOR, NL – The Ad­ver­tiser asked the two can­di­dates run­ning for the Grand Falls-Wind­sor mayor’s seat to pro­vide their plat­forms for the up­com­ing mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

The fol­low­ing is their views, in their own words.

Peggy Bartlett

I be­lieve our town needs change at the lead­er­ship level. Ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency need to be a top pri­or­ity to you, the tax­payer.

I be­lieve as a town we need bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tions, more de­scrip­tive coun­cil min­utes, and open chan­nels of di­a­logue, wel­com­ing con­struc­tive feed­back.

It is your tax dol­lars that run this town. You should be aware of how your money is be­ing spent and trust that it is spent wisely.

Fi­nan­cially, we must be con­fi­dent the town’s long-term debt will not cause our taxes to in­crease un­nec­es­sar­ily in the fu­ture.

Grand Falls-Wind­sor is the largest town in cen­tral NL, with the big­gest ser­vice area. As the “hub” of cen­tral NL, we need to be vo­cal and fight for new re­tail, industry and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

As a town, I feel we have been quiet on many is­sues for far too long. As your new mayor, I will work hard to keep an open line of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with our pro­vin­cial and fed­er­ally elected of­fi­cials, to make sure that our town gets its fair share of op­por­tu­ni­ties, gov­ern­ment ser­vices and jobs.

I will not be afraid to stand up and speak out on your be­half, rep­re­sent­ing and re­spect­ing all ar­eas of our town and groups of peo­ple in our com­mu­nity. I pride my­self on fo­cus­ing on the solution and work­ing towards the pos­i­tive not the neg­a­tive.

I pledge to be fair, trans­par­ent and ac­count­able.

Barry Manuel

It’s been an hon­our to serve our beau­ti­ful com­mu­nity dur­ing the past four years. Hav­ing been born and raised in Grand Falls-Wind­sor and a life-long res­i­dent, I’ve al­ways taken an ac­tive role in the com­mu­nity.

Dur­ing my time, I brought an in­creased fo­cus on com­mu­nity pride. I was the driv­ing force be­hind the very suc­cess­ful civic awards. As chair of the Sal­mon Fes­ti­val, I helped bring it back to its roots. I have fully sup­ported many events in­clud­ing the Culi­nary Food Fes­ti­val, Mid-Win­ter Bivver, Home­town Hockey and Con­certs in the Park.

The new dog park, splash pad, im­proved play­grounds, ski trail and the new round­about have all been car­ried out and sup­ported by me. I have worked with the age-friendly com­mit­tee to es­tab­lish se­niors’ well­ness days, the web hub and our se­niors’ trade fair.

The arts’ com­mu­nity has been sup­ported through grants and space for op­er­a­tions. This was ac­com­plished while main­tain­ing core mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture and pro­vid­ing high-qual­ity mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices, but most im­por­tantly, while ex­er­cis­ing pru­dent fis­cal man­age­ment of tax­pay­ers’ dol­lars.

In fu­ture, it’s a pri­or­ity to ob­tain the for­mer mill prop­erty from gov­ern­ment. I will con­tinue tak­ing a strong stand with gov­ern­ment to en­sure our town re­ceives its fair share. We need to af­firm our po­si­tion as the hub of cen­tral New­found­land to lead in busi­ness, health­care and high-qual­ity liv­ing. I will con­tinue work­ing closely with all cit­i­zens to work on is­sues of im­por­tance to them. My door is al­ways open. I am only a phone call, email or mes­sage away.

I pride my­self on tak­ing a com­mon-sense ap­proach to coun­cil. It’s al­ways about mak­ing an in­formed de­ci­sion, gath­er­ing rel­e­vant info, con­sid­er­ing all sides of an is­sue, and mak­ing the very best de­ci­sion for our town.

For proven com­mit­ment to Grand Falls-Wind­sor, on elec­tion day I humbly ask that you vote Barry Manuel for mayor.

Peggy Bartlett

Barry Manuel

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