Get to know your candidates.
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.
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.
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.