Wayne Power Jr. hopeful for a win
Placentia mayor anticipating re-election as he faces 2013 opponent once again
Placentia is experiencing some déjà vu as two mayoral candidates race for the chair, both having run for the same position in 2013.
Placentia, a community with a population of approximately 3,500 people, will get the chance to vote for two familiar faces in the upcoming municipal election.
Wayne Power Jr. and Bernard Power (not related) are both running for mayor of the Town of Placentia – a race both are familiar with.
In the 2013 elections, both Wayne and Bernard were the only two to run for mayor. After a tight race, Wayne came out on top, beating Bernard by only four votes.
Now, Wayne hopes to win the votes of Placentia’s residents once more, stating that he is very much looking forward to the possibility of spending another four years as the community’s mayor.
Having been originally elected on council back in 2008, Wayne sat on the mayor’s chair for the first time in 2013. He told The Compass that over the past four years, he feels as though he’s managed to accomplish many of the things he originally set out to do, noting that he was both satisfied and proud of his first term.
“I think we’ve been doing a very good job. Over the years we’ve managed to make the town more accessible to residents,” said Wayne. “We’ve got our phone app, and we’ve also got the community notification system, which works similar to the system at the school, where we can send out important notifications and announcements to residents in a timely fashion.”
Wayne also noted his work with infrastructure around the town, mentioning in particular the ongoing work with the Placentia pool, and the town’s continued efforts with the drinking water.
“When we first took office this term, we started on a regional water supply study for the community, and that helped us prioritize our infrastructure needs, and we’ve made great advancements in that. I want to keep working on that, and make sure we provide clean water to places like Dunville.”
Going forward, Wayne said he wants to see Placentia continue to grow as a progressive municipality, and said he looks forward to the economic boost coming to the region as a result of the Husky Energy project in Argentia. He added that he will make sure the community maintains its thriving relationships with industry partners, hoping to see great benefits come to the community from various projects.
“We also have a lot of tourism potential here in the community,” the mayor added. “I’d like to continue to work and grow to reach our greatest potential in that industry as well. It’s all about being efficient and affordable, and making this community a place where all our residents and visitors can live, work, socialize, and play here.”
Wayne, having been born and raised in Placentia, said that a desire to stay involved in the community is what drives him to want to keep his seat on council. With over 20 years of volunteering under his belt, he said that he looks forward to seeing what opportunities arise within the next four years, should he be re-elected.
With only one opponent in this race, Wayne is eager to see what comes of both his and Bernard’s second municipal election against one another.
Bernard Power is a former deputy mayor of Placentia who also spent many years on the former Jerseyside council. He could not be reached for comment prior to The Compass’ print deadline. Watch for a separate story on Bernard Power in the coming days.
“I wouldn’t call it a rivalry,” Wayne said with a chuckle. “It’s a respected democratic process. Anyone’s entitled to come forward – that’s what this country’s built on, and I’m really looking forward to see what comes from that.”
So far, Wayne said the campaigning process has seen a significantly positive response from the people of Placentia.
“There’s multiple facets to the mayor’s role – you have the governance, where you participate in meetings and get work done, but then there’s the public side of things, where you’re out there meeting with residents, as well as other officials and lobbying on their behalf,” he explained. “I’ve enjoyed both sides of it immensely over the last four years. I certainly look forward to bringing those characteristics of integrity and commitment back to the table to represent for another four.”
Bernard Power, Wayne Power’s opponent in the upcoming mayoral race, lost to Wayne in 2013 by a total of four votes.
Wayne Power Jr. looks forward to the possibility of a second term serving as Mayor of Placentia.