Accountant declares intent to run in Ward 4 byelection

Daniel MacEachern dmaceachern@thetelegram.com
Published on January 6, 2016
Matt White
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A new candidate has announced his intentions to run in the byelection to fill the vacant Ward 4 seat on St. John’s City Council.

Matt White, 30, an accountant, announced this week he intends to run to fill the seat formerly held by Bernard Davis, who was elected to the House of Assembly with the provincial Liberals in November. Former councillors Sheilagh O’Leary and Debbie Hanlon as well as real-estate agent Janet Kovich have previously announced their plans to run.

“I’m a very family focused person with a lot of decisionmaking leadership experience,” White told the Telegram. It’s his first run at a public office, but White said he’s been interested in politics his entire life.

“I grew up out around the bay. I’m a bayman. My dad was very much involved in politics,” he said. “That’s really what you do as a Newfoundlander when you’re growing up in rural Newfoundland, is follow politics your whole life.  My mother is very much involved in service, she’s a community service person, so for me, I’ve spent my whole life trying to give back as much I can to different areas of the community.”

White, who lives in Kenmount Terrace, said St. John’s taxpayers said in general the city as a whole is under economic pressure, but there are also several specific issues, such as litter and parking in Ward 4, that he’s interested in tackling.

Nominations for the byelection open Jan. 19 and close Jan. 26. The vote will be held Feb. 23.

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