Shannie Duff not to seek re-election

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Deputy Mayor Shannie Duff informs St. John's City Council today she will not seek re-election in the upcoming municipal elections. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

After serving the City of St. John's for more than 30 years, Deputy Mayor Shannie Duff has decided not to seek re-election in September’s municipal election.

Duff told council it was a tough decision but she wants to make more time for her family.

More details to come and in Tuesday’s full edition of The Telegram.



Geographic location: St. John's

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  • david
    May 28, 2013 - 11:39

    How could she step away from all this?! Just browse through the comments really speaks to why Newfoundland enjoys the quality of people and leadership that have been hallmarks of our little island society. I guess 30 years of your life isn't that much to give up in return for such heartwarming tributes.....(BTW, for those who missed the sarcasm, this is a perfect time to turn off your computer and say nothing, if that's all you have....)

  • time for change
    May 28, 2013 - 06:16

    Finally she has stepped down from council….now the city can grow like it should while still keeping the down town heritage alive, yes she has done good but how is a city supposed to expand if they won’t let anything get built... I agree there is some to protect but you have to have limits. If the city keeps saying now soon we will be little old St. Johns and no big executive offices will come here due to building restrictions. Time for a new age council who is for developmenty and growth.

    • Jean power
      May 28, 2013 - 07:33


  • Whaddaya At
    May 27, 2013 - 23:27

    Great, Duff is a start, now, how about Frank 'Snooze' Galgay, Tom 'Musical Memories' Hann and Gerry ' Groucho Marx' Colbert ?.

  • Anon
    May 27, 2013 - 22:21

    Mrs. Duff, thanks for your service to St. John's! You have always kept the historical interest of the city in the fore front. Development is great, but if you want to keep the charm of the city (that keeps tourists coming & makes us unique) you need to keep the history alive. I hope those running in the fall will see the importance in that. You have been an asset to St. John's Council, you will be missed. Enjoy your retirement & the extra time with your family, it is much deserved!

  • Bob
    May 27, 2013 - 22:04

    Duff like Andy Wells, Dot Wyatt, John Murphy and the current mayor O'Keefe are all beneficiaries of municipal voter apathy and the first-past-the-post electoral system. All of them have one thing in common a lack of vision: they've held back the growth and the evolution of St. John's into a truly world class city by placing roadblocks to investment, real estate development, modern municipal planning, etc., etc. through the use of divisive politics. Who can forget the "brown bagger" comments of Wells about commuters from Mount Pearl, or Dotty's barely coherent (slurred) speeches, or Duff's obsession with heritage rules/regulations. Hopefully the time will come with the next generation of voters will step up and elect a mayor and councilors who who can differentiate between the past and obsolete thinking.

    May 27, 2013 - 20:28

    ..... and about time too. You have outlived your contribution to City Council. Time to make room for young, new blood. Only wish others did the same. Have a happy retirement.

  • Saucy Face
    May 27, 2013 - 19:53

    Lets not forget Eli, that her heir apparent to the 1700's Sheila has also decided to leave city council by running for mayor. 2013 will go down in history at the year the citizens of St. John's rescued the city from the rubber boot mob and brought it into the 21st century. Wicked huh?

  • SB
    May 27, 2013 - 17:41

    Mrs S. Duff You cared about the city & hopefully the next person will have the same passion as you had. Good Luck

  • Jane
    May 27, 2013 - 17:39

    This makes me sad, but I respect her wishes and all the work that she has done. Now please, will someone other than Ron Ellsworth step forward for deputy mayor?? We need a real choice.

  • Steve
    May 27, 2013 - 17:37

    I only wished that Shannie retired in 1977. The single worst thing that ever happened to St. John's was having Shannie Duff elected.

  • West ender
    May 27, 2013 - 17:20

    Yes Mrs Duff it is time to go,hopefully the councilor for the west end will follow.

  • DB
    May 27, 2013 - 16:59

    Now, if only the rest of the ancient, anti-development dead-wood would get out of the way, maybe St. John's could be a thriving city. As council exists now, not a chance.

  • Credit where it's due
    May 27, 2013 - 16:15

    Thank you Shannie Duff, you've gone above and beyond in your service to our city. I wish you good health and happiness in your retirement.

  • Eli
    May 27, 2013 - 15:42

    Mrs. Duff is the only protection the city of St. John's had from the industrial predators Colbert, Galgay, Hann, and Tilley. You'll be missed Shannie but we realize it's time to go. Pity some of the others don't feel the same way.

    • It's about time
      May 27, 2013 - 16:00

      Don't you mean SHE WAS THE ONLY reason why this city has been stuck in a time capsule.