There are 14 Pictou County residents running for mayor in the 2016 municipal election: three new faces each in Pictou and Trenton, four new people are offering in New Glasgow, Stellarton’s incumbent mayor is facing off against one newcomer and in Westville, the incumbent mayor has two challengers.
In the lead up to the election, The Advocate has reached out to the mayoral candidates in each town asking several questions that have been on the minds of voters.
Here are their responses…
SHANNON MACINNIS, Trenton
What compelled you to run as mayor of your community?
I decided to run for mayor of Trenton because I believe that our town needs the enthusiasm and passion that I can bring; people are tired of the status quo that clearly isn’t working anymore, as is evident by our lack of businesses, poor residential growth and facilities that are in need of upgrades.
What do you feel are the three main priorities your town is facing?
The three main priorities in Trenton are: Need for a new owner in the old Trenton Works site; revitalize the Trenton Park by reopening the campground; try to increase revenue in the town so we can do some much needed paving projects
What are the future prospects of your town?
Trenton’s future is dependant on the effort put forth by council to try to attract new business into the town. We can’t remain content with what we have.
What do you feel the future of “amalgamation/shared services” is for the community?
As in any area with declining population, the need for some type of shared service model is vital. Towns need to save money without giving up any level of service that the residents deserve.
How do you think you can better/improve the town?
I feel that my enthusiastic attitude towards problem solving would be an asset that Trenton needs to move forward.
What would you do differently?
I would try to change the attitude of council from one of being content with losing businesses and lack of paving projects to one of being unrelenting in the pursuit of a better more vibrant town to live in.