There’s now a race for the mayor’s chair in North Bay.
Councillor Johanne Brousseau, Chair of Community Services, has filed her nomination papers.
She says she has been contemplating the move for a few years.
“I want to bring it to the next level. I have learned so much, I want to give North Bay a choice,” Brousseau says. “This has been in the back of my mind since 2018 when the mayor said he wasn’t running again.”
She says details on her platform will be announced throughout the campaign, but she has a vision for North Bay.
“Listening to the people is one of the things,” Brousseau says. “Laying out how people can get involved in projects and what projects you can all get involved in because of the municipal act, an education, two-way street approach.”
Brosseau, who first won election four years ago, says she understands that unlike running for council, there’s only one seat up for grabs in this race.
“It was a calculated risk. I believe North Bay is ready for me and the mayor coined it about six months ago and he called me the silent leader,” she says. “I have led in my own way and still have projects accomplished.”
So far, Brousseau is running against Peter Chirico, President of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce, who previously filed his papers.
“I will be doing things differently, yes,” she says, reiterating that running for mayor has been in the back of her mind for a few years. “I was doing this regardless of who was stepping up or who was not.”
Municipal Election Day is Monday, October 24.