Desmond McDonald, 35, has served on St. Anthony council since February 2016 and is the current president of the St. Anthony and Area Chamber of Commerce.
He’s worked for various boards and businesses for 10 years and says he enjoys the interactions and sense of accomplishment in his work.
He’s running to create a future for St. Anthony, including, he says, for his own children.
McDonald describes himself as an optimist and sees multiple opportunities for the town.
He believes in the possibility for growth in the cod fishery and hopes to see cod processing in the town.
However, he also stresses the need for more sustainability and stability in the shrimp and crab industries.
“Fishermen can’t be worrying every year if they’re going to have enough fish to catch to put enough food on the table to last them through the winter,” he said.
The tourism industry continues to be another priority for him. And he believes people aren’t going to continue coming to the area unless you change and develop what the town is offering.
The deterioration of health care services in St. Anthony is an issue McDonald feels needs to be addressed.
“Everyone has to travel for services now, when once they were available at our hospital,” he said. “I think there’s more our hospital can offer.”
One potential idea is turning it into a teaching hospital for rural medicine.
He believes this could increase the desire of physicians to stay in St. Anthony.
McDonald also believes attracting new businesses is important and he hopes to continue projects council has started over the past number of years, including housing complexes and Harbour Rock development.
McDonald notes he’s working daily but hopes to get out around visiting people and being in touch through social media throughout the campaign.
He says he has great respect for Boyd Noel and how he has served the town. McDonald wished him luck.
“I just think I have a different point of view on things and could be a refreshing change,” he added.
McDonald says he’s enjoyed working with council over the past year and a half and wishes the best of luck to everyone seeking election.
“If you got a good group of people to work with, most things work out for the best,” he said.
St. Anthony mayoral candidate Desmond McDonald.