The race for mayor of Fort Frances is heating up now that a second candidate has stepped forward for the Oct. 22 municipal election.
“I have worked very hard and learned an enormous amount in my term as town councillor,” said Coun. June Caul, who filed her nomination last Wednesday afternoon after no shortage of encouragement from the public.
“I have leadership skills and a strong work ethic,” noted Caul, who if elected would be Fort Frances' first female mayor.
“I am a team player, a good listener, and weigh all options, ideas, and possibilities before making decisions that best represent the residents and taxpayers of Fort Frances.”
She added this decision-making must include a balance between necessary asset management and planning to replace aging infrastructure, and investing in the “community hubs that focus on the spirit and socialization for our citizens.”
Coun. Caul also said she strongly believes in acceptance and respect of all people in this diverse community and our neighbouring ones.
“Everyone is equal in my eyes, and working co-operatively toward common and positive goal is paramount,” she stressed.
“A new and positive relationship with our First Nation neighbours is needed to change and improve relationships in our communities,” she added.
Coun. Ken Perry was the first to enter the race for mayor here, filing his nomination papers with the town clerk back on June 27.
If elected, Coun. Caul said she would like to work closely with law enforcement agencies to develop a plan to alleviate the increased workload and stress with regard to drug abuse and domestic violence in this community.
“I believe we all have a part to play in developing a strategy to keep our residents safe from abuse, assault, and theft,” she remarked, adding she admires the OPP and Treaty #3 Police for their hard work and dedication to keep area communities safe to live in.
Coun. Caul also noted that Mayor Roy Avis, along with the various councils he's served with over the past few terms, has led Fort Frances through “some very difficult and trying years.”
“He has been a hard-working and passionate advocate for the town and is to be congratulated on a job well-done,” she said.
“He has been a great supporter and mentor to me.”
Coun. Caul said the Town of Fort Frances deserves a leader who represents all residents and taxpayers with “dignity, a positive attitude, professional communication skills, and transparency.”
“I will continue to work very hard and to the best of my ability if given the opportunity to represent this great community as mayor,” she remarked.
As of press time today, Coun. Wendy Brunetta was the only person to have put their name in to run for 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