Des­mond McDon­ald

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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.

STEPHEN ROBERTS/THE NORTH­ERN PEN PHOTO

St. An­thony may­oral can­di­date Des­mond McDon­ald.

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