Coun. June Caul has joined the race for mayor of Fort Frances in the upcoming municipal election.
Coun. Caul, who filed her nomination yesterday afternoon at the Civic Centre, said she's worked hard and learned a lot in the last four years, and it's time to make a bid for mayor.
“About six months ago, the thought [to run for mayor] wasn't even in my mind,” she admitted.
"But I have been approached by so many people that support me and say, 'You should run for mayor,' [and] I started thinking about it.
“I have asked family, I talked to friends, and they all said, 'You should run,'” Coun. Caul adding, noting it's clear that others have her back and believe she's capable of doing the job.
“I have big shoes to fill, that's for sure," she stressed. ”I really admire Roy [Avis].
“I told him so when he called this morning and congratulated me for running.”
She added she knows Mayor Avis will be there to provide her with advice if elected, as will be the town's top-notch administration and management team.
Coun. Caul noted a mayor's role is to provide support and opinions to the rest of council.
And if the next council includes quite a few new members, she feels her having “a level-enough head” and a willingness to listen to others are valuable leadership qualities.
As reported yesterday, Coun. Ken Perry also is running for mayor in the Oct. 22 election.
Meanwhile, Coun. Wendy Brunetta is looking to be re-elected to one of the six councillor seats.
Nominations close at 2 p.m. on July 27.
The new term of council will begin Dec. 1, 2018 and conclude Nov. 22, 2022.
For more information on the municipal election, visit www.fortfrances.ca/town/mayor-council/elections