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.
St. Anthony mayoral candidate Boyd Noel.