St. Lawrence mayor seek­ing re-elec­tion

Mayor’s seat awarded to per­son with high­est votes

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE ST. LAWRENCE, NL

Paul Pike has an­nounced he will be seek­ing re-elec­tion in the up­com­ing mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion to be held this month.

Pike, who has served as mayor of the Town of St. Lawrence for the past four years, con­tacted the South­ern Gazette last week to make the an­nounce­ment.

Pike said coun­cil has made a lot of pos­i­tive steps over the past four years “in re­gard to bring­ing in in­dus­try and pro­mot­ing the town through tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

“We’d like to con­tinue with some of the ma­jor projects we’re in­volved in,” said Pike. “That’s one of the rea­sons I de­cided I’d like to take on an­other four years as mayor.”

Many of the projects coun­cil com­mit­ted to four years ago are now start­ing to be­come re­al­ity, said Pike.

“We see a lot of growth po­ten­tial for the town and we’re try­ing to pro­mote that through en­tic­ing other busi­nesses to come (into) this com­mu­nity to set up.”

Pike con­sid­ers the re-open­ing of the mine to be coun­cil’s big­gest ac­com­plish­ment.

“We strongly pro­mote lo­cal in­volve­ment in that in­dus­try.”

He added there is a bright fu­ture for St. Lawrence in both the min­ing and aqua­cul­ture in­dus­tries, and coun­cil is a strong sup­porter of both.

“We are hop­ing that St. Lawrence will be a growth area on the Burin Penin­sula.”

The po­si­tion of mayor for the Town of St. Lawrence is not de­cided by a sep­a­rate may­oral elec­tion; rather, the can­di­date who re­ceives the high­est num­ber of votes holds the po­si­tion.

Pike said he has en­joyed his time serv­ing the peo­ple of St. Lawrence for the past four years, and looks for­ward to an op­por­tu­nity to do so again.

“We have a lot of vol­un­teers in this com­mu­nity who do great work,” he said. “Be­ing mayor of St. Lawrence is not a job, it’s a priv­i­lege. I re­ally en­joy the job, I en­joy the peo­ple, and we have a great coun­cil, a great staff — we do a lot of work.”

Po­lit­i­cal fu­ture

Pike said some peo­ple have sug­gested he take a run at fed­eral pol­i­tics by run­ning for the rid­ing of Bon­av­ista-Burin-Trin­ity when MP Judy Foote steps down.

“I am hon­oured that peo­ple are ask­ing — I cer­tainly don’t have a de­ci­sion made on it, but it is some­thing I would prob­a­bly like to look at and see if there would be enough sup­port to put some­body in there from this area of the province,” he ex­plained.

But first things first, he said. “I think I could do a good job with it but at this point in time, (I’ll) take it one elec­tion at a time.”

FILE PHOTO

Mayor Paul Pike is look­ing to serve for an­other four years with town coun­cil in St. Lawrence.

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