North Bay deputy mayor Sheldon Forgette sent out a letter by e-mail, and Facebook on Tuesday night saying he is considering a run for mayor next year. In the letter, Forgette confirmed that he will be starting an exploratory committee to discuss if he should run to be the new Mayor of North Bay.
Forgette says it’s been a true honour to be able to serve as a councillor and deputy mayor over the past three years. He says it hasn’t been easy, because being in politics is anything but easy. Forgette writes that he’s someone who likes to look for the opportunity in everything good or bad, and the quality and good people in the city is what got him through the days. Forgette says he became the budget chief and deputy mayor for the city at the age of 22, and had owned a small business and worked to buy rental properties at the age of 18. He says he had to pull up his socks quickly and get to work, so he began studying finance along with following the stock markets.
Forgette says he began to develop by building mentors and friends in all corners of the city to help him along his journey to serve. Over the last year, Forgette adds he’s been approached by many citizens asking him what his plans are for next year and if he’s running for mayor. He says that being mayor is a very challenging role that requires a ton of time, devotion, action, collaboration, energy, listening and patience. Forgette says he’s spent a lot of thought and consideration for this path and managed to gain support from his wife and two kids.