Young mayor ready to work with new coun­cil

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its mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion his­tory, or so Dave His­cock (town clerk) has told me,” said Nor­man. “Peo­ple were re­ally en­er­gized. I think Bon­av­ista was at a turn­ing point. And I think there were a lot of peo­ple, specif­i­cally those be­hind me, that wanted to make sure the town was go­ing to be tak­ing the next pos­i­tive step.”

He says this pro­gres­sion in­cludes con­tin­u­ing new de­vel­op­ment, en­cour­ag­ing pop­u­la­tion growth, and now — “pos­i­tive and well-rounded lead­er­ship.”

With Nor­man at the helm, this change could be clas­si­fied as a youth move­ment. At only 32 years of age, he is among the youngest may­ors in the prov­ince.

He cred­its his prior coun­cil ex­pe­ri­ence as a young man as a way to pre­pare him for the role.

“That was quite a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. But as mayor? That’s a whole other cat­e­gory!” he chuck­led.

“We’ve seen with what’s been hap­pen­ing in Bon­av­ista through the not-for-profit move­ments, through the new busi­nesses mov­ing in, through some of my own com­pany work, a cul­mi­na­tion of many good things hap­pen­ing.”

Nor­man says one re­sult of this is a num­ber of young peo­ple mov­ing to Bon­av­ista. He says they helped de­cide this elec­tion.

“They see a fu­ture. So that’s what they voted for here — clearly. They want more of what’s been hap­pen­ing, more busi­ness mov­ing in, more em­ploy­ment, keep­ing taxes low, more recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties.”

He looks for­ward to work­ing with the new coun­cil, and says it’s great to see coun­cil­lors back, as well as new faces at the ta­ble. In the fu­ture, he said he would like to see more women be­come in­volved and fully ex­pects more young peo­ple to be in­ter­ested in fu­ture elec­tions.

And right now, he’s eager to get to work.

“As I’ve said when I went to a num­ber of peo­ple door-todoor, to me, Bon­av­ista is just scratch­ing the sur­face of its po­ten­tial.

“Bon­av­ista has been a sleepy town for a long time and I think it’s just start­ing to wake up.”

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