Wayne Power Jr. hope­ful for a win

Pla­cen­tia mayor an­tic­i­pat­ing re-elec­tion as he faces 2013 op­po­nent once again

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

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.

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