Foote seek­ing mayor’s chair

Shane Foote will be run­ning for mayor in Burin

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

BURIN, NL- An­other con­tender has thrown their hat into the may­oral race in Burin.

Shane Foote con­tacted The South­ern Gazette last week to make it know that he would be seek­ing the mayor’s chair in the up­com­ing mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion set for Septem­ber.

“I think that peo­ple should have a choice, rather (than some­one) be elected by ac­cla­ma­tion,” Foote said when asked why he de­cided to run. “I think peo­ple should (have a chance) to ex­er­cise their right to vote for one or the other.”

Foote has served as a mem­ber of coun­cil in var­i­ous roles.

“I served a term as mayor — for a year,” he said.

Foote was elected mayor in 1999 and served in the role for 2000-01. Fol­low­ing the elec­tion of Kevin Lun­dri­gan as mayor in Septem­ber 2001, Foote con­tin­ued to serve on coun­cil un­til re­sign­ing in 2002.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion found on the Town of Burin web­site, Foote later served again in 2006, when he was elected to re­place the late John Dib­bon. Foote con­tin­ued to serve as a mem­ber of coun­cil un­til 2013.

Foote said there are a num­ber of ar­eas he would fo­cus on if elected.

“We need to at­tract more busi­ness to our town,” was the first is­sue he spoke of.

He also said they have to con­tinue work to en­sure that the health care sys­tem con­tin­ues to meet the needs of the peo­ple by en­sur­ing doc­tors are re­cruited for the area.

“That’s a big prob­lem all over the penin­sula,” Foote said.

He also added he would work with oth­ers on the penin­sula to help ad­dress the is­sue with lack of cell phone ser­vice in ar­eas of the Burin Penin­sula.

“I think it is time that we put the pres­sure on to clear up that mess,” he said.

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Shane Foote is run­ning for mayor in the up­com­ing mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion in Burin.

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