Former councillor challenging mayor
Longtime Mayor Betty Fitzgerald is facing a challenger in the Sept. 29 municipal election. Wayne Taylor served as a councillor from 1981-85, while Fitzgerald has been mayor since 1998.
Taylor said he's been thinking about taking a run at council for awhile.
"I guess I've been thinking about it off and on for about a year," he said.
"There were some people encouraging me to get involved. I have some time that I can give and I am genuinely interested in my community and where it's going to end up. This is a difficult time, and Bonavista's fortunate that we've fared as well as we have."
A retired high school teacher and former health-care employee, Taylor contends he is offering a more professional and focused approach to guiding the town.
"There seems to be an element of public opinion that favours a change in the direction of leadership with respect to the office of mayor," he said. "I think that I can offer an alternative approach in filling that role that's professionally oriented."
Fitzgerald is confident her track record will win her the day.
"People know that I'm dedicated to them and the town," she said.
"I speak out on issues, everybody knows that. I get myself in trouble with government officials at times, but I do it for the people. I've worked like a dog for this town, in every which way."
Fitzgerald maintains she's got the energy to serve another term and says her goal is the same it's always been - to do what she can to create employment and stop out-migration.