Three people are vying to replace Paul Lane on Mount Pearl city council in a byelection to be held Tuesday.
Lane was elected to the House of Assembly in October’s provincial election.
Harry Bartlett, Rose Clarke and Andrew Ledwell all hope to win the seat.
Focus on seniors
Bartlett was born and raised in Mount Pearl, owns an electrical contracting company and is heavily involved in the sporting community.
His company sponsors a number of sports leagues and teams, including the Mount Pearl Senior Blades.
Bartlett said many people have been encouraging him to run for council, especially because of his successful business background.
“I’ve been a leader in the community. I’ve chaired different (sporting) organizations … plus I was the past chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association,” he said.
Bartlett ran for council in a 1997 byelection, but hasn’t run since due to family and work commitments. He feels that’s less an issue now.
“In my business, I’m surrounded by really good people, which gives me the opportunity to free up some more time. And I’m a really good time manager,” he said. “Now I feel its time for me to represent the community as a whole as a councillor.”
At 55, Bartlett said the realization hit him recently that he’s now considered a senior. He said seniors’ issues will be a major focus for him if he wins the seat.
Clarke has run for council twice before and hopes the third time will be the charm.
She ran her own business, Fashionable Fabrics, for more than 20 years until she sold it a few years ago. She’s currently a student assistant at Mary Queen of the World School.
Beyond that, Clarke’s numerous volunteer efforts include the Girl Guides, Habitat for Humanity, the Kidney Foundation and the Cancer Society.
She’s also put her sewing skills to work for local theatre productions, and even made some of her own campaign signs out of fabric.
“That just shows you how I can think outside the box,” Clarke said.
As a businesswoman and volunteer, Clarke says, she’s gained the experience and skills — from problem solving to organizing events — she’ll need as a councillor.
Clarke said she also has the time to commit to the job.
“I just feel that I’m the right person for the job,” she said. “I’m not afraid to speak out, I’m not afraid to speak up and I’m not afraid of hard work,”
Passionate about city
Ledwell has lived in Mount Pearl almost all of his life and works with the Canada Revenue Agency.
He is also involved in a number of community and volunteer groups.
“I chaired the most recent Frosty Festival. … I chair my parish council at St. Peter’s parish, I’m the first commissioner of the 1st Mount Pearl Scouting group,” said Ledwell.
On top of that, he’s involved with the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, sports alliance and special Olympics.
“I’m passionate about this city,” Ledwell said. “I’ve done a lot of work in the community … and I’m very proud to live in Mount Pearl and call it my home.”
He said he’s a people person who wants to ensure all residents feel welcome and have a sense of community.
“The only thing I’ve been promising people is I’m going to work hard for them and I’m going to listen to them,” said Ledwell.
Other issues that interest Ledwell include public transit, a good environment for business investment and a safe community for all.
An advance poll will be held at Mount Pearl City Hall today for all residents, and candidates urged people to get out and vote today or Tuesday.