Matt Sturgeon Reflects on time as Blackville Mayor

Election Day, on October 28th, signals a new beginning for the office of Blackville mayor – a post that interim mayor Matt Sturgeon held since May, when Hal Muck stepped down from the position.

In a letter published today, Matt reflects on his time as mayor and his return to his previous position as councilor and deputy mayor.

Interim mayor Matt Sturgeon with Southwest Miramichi MLA Jake Stewart at a funding announcement in August

Matt Sturgeon with Jake Stewart at a funding announcement in August, 2013

With the advanced polls of the election starting today, I would be remiss not to offer some reflection based on my last 6 months filling the mayor position of this great village. While the circumstances that lead to me taking over office were far from ideal, and despite the reality of dealing with the loss of my father, the experience gained while serving as mayor was something I would never trade. It had been a privilege and honour to represent the village that I so dearly love and appreciate.

Recently, we have taken some huge steps to improve the quality of life in this community, including the impending construction of a new, desperately needed, fire hall. And even though I will no longer be serving as mayor, I am very excited to still have the opportunity to represent you all in my old position as councilor and deputy mayor. We need to remain progressive as a community. In my, and the existing councils 18 months in office, we have started this community on the path of progression and forward thinking, we need to remain on that path.

Take this opportunity to get to the polls either today, or on October 28 to make sure your voice is heard. We need strong, FRESH leadership at this point to remain relevant. Look at the qualifications, experience and credentials of our new mayoral candidates, and make a decision that will keep this village moving FORWARD!

I thank the whole community for making the past 6 months so enjoyable. Again, it has been, and will remain my pleasure and privilege to represent this fine community!

Matt Sturgeon


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