Foote seeking mayor’s chair
Shane Foote will be running for mayor in Burin
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.
Shane Foote is running for mayor in the upcoming municipal election in Burin.