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…
FRED CHARLTON, Trenton
What compelled you to run as mayor of your community?
I felt compelled to run for mayor because of my loyalty to the town and the people of Trenton, having been a resident for over 70 years.
What do you feel are the three main priorities your town is facing?
The three main issues facing our town are;
i) Insufficient industry to provide a proper tax base
ii) Residents travel too far for fuel, groceries, banking, pharmaceuticals and liquor. Rumours are out there of the post office going next.
iii) NSPC residing in the town and not paying sufficient taxes directly to the town
What are the future prospects of your town?
My future prospect for the town is to see Trenton Park open and revitalized, and playing a big part in leading that initiative.
What do you feel the future of “amalgamation/shared services” is for the community?
I believe shared services is the future of all towns here in the county, and the towns will need to be open and honest if they are to convince the county residents amalgamation is the solution.
How do you think you can better/improve the town?
By bringing in new businesses, re-surfacing the main street and working toward re-opening of the Trenton Park and Campground.
What would you do differently?
I would take a hard look at the overall tax revenue received from NSPC and it’s distribution. Secondly, I would do the same for the overall distribution of the town revenue annually and make the necessary changes required to operate the town as a business.