Boyd Noel

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Boyd Noel, 69, has served the com­mu­nity and re­gion in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties through­out his life. Most no­tably, Noel pre­vi­ously served as mayor of St. An­thony for four dif­fer­ent terms.

“I have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence with the way gov­ern­ments work, and the way mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties work,” said Noel. “I’ve been there.”

Noel says he is en­ter­ing an­other may­oral bid as he feels there are things that need to be done around town.

He cites in­fra­struc­ture projects, eco­nomic devel­op­ment, and pro­mot­ing St. An­thony as a tourist des­ti­na­tion as pri­or­i­ties.

Noel feels tourism is go­ing to be­come more im­por­tant to the lo­cal econ­omy with the re­cent down­turn in the fish­ery.

He says re­moval of the Har­bour Rock, cur­rently un­der­way in St. An­thony har­bour, will help im­prove tourism and in­dus­try by al­low­ing large cruise ships to en­ter the har­bour, as well as con­tainer ships.

This was some­thing Noel says he’s proud to have helped fa­cil­i­tate dur­ing his time on the Port Au­thor­ity.

A new fire hall is also high on his agenda.

“We dras­ti­cally need a new fire hall and I’m cer­tainly go­ing to be pro­mot­ing that to govern­ment,” he said.

Noel be­lieves him­self to be a leader. He points out he has never run for a coun­cil seat, but al­ways for mayor.

“I like the op­por­tu­nity to lead,” he said.

Noel be­lieves he has much more ex­pe­ri­ence than his op­po­nent, but adds he still feels he is able to adapt to a chang­ing world.

He says he’s aware there’ll be chal­lenges, par­tic­u­larly with the prov­ince’s fi­nances, but feels he’s pre­pared to han­dle that and “bite the bul­let.”

For his cam­paign, Noel in­tends on do­ing some door-todoor cam­paign­ing and mak­ing phone calls around town to build con­tacts and sup­port, and to make peo­ple aware of his cre­den­tials.

He says his op­po­nent has a right to run and says they’ll “let the chips fall where the may.”

“I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with who­ever is elected to coun­cil and govern­ment of­fi­cials to move this town for­ward in a pos­i­tive man­ner,” he said.

STEPHEN ROBERTS/THE NORTH­ERN PEN PHOTO

St. An­thony may­oral can­di­date Boyd Noel.

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