St. Lawrence mayor seeking re-election
Mayor’s seat awarded to person with highest votes
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.”
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.”
Mayor Paul Pike is looking to serve for another four years with town council in St. Lawrence.