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Bridgewater mayor to seek re-election

by Keith Corcoran


Bridgewater Mayor Carroll Publicover speaks to a chamber of commerce breakfast March 18. Keith Corcoran photo   
 BRIDGEWATER - Mayor Carroll Publicover plans to seek a second term.

 The 57-year-old retired principal confirmed his name will be back on the ballot in municipal elections this October.

 He made the announcement March 18 during a Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast where he was the guest speaker.

 The challenges ahead and some unfinished business are among his reasons for re-offering.

 "The waterfront is a long time term project where I really want to see something significant happen," Mayor Publicover told this newspaper, noting one other development foremost on his agenda - the multi-purpose centre.

 "I want to help with the fundraising," he said. "It's a dream come true."

 Mayor Publicover, while vacationing in the Dominican Republic, came to the conclusion that he enjoyed being mayor enough in his first four years that he'd like to try to make it eight years.

 He made the decision even with well-paying career opportunities in front of him. The mayor's position pays $23,827 a year. A deputy mayor makes $15,000 and a councillor, $12,000.

 "This is something you don't do it for the money," he said.

 In what looked like a pre-election report card, Mayor Publicover explained to the chamber of commerce what the town's doing or has accomplished by way of residential development and long-term strategic planning.

 He loaded heaps of credit on his council colleagues and town staff for their work and during a question and answer session, he confirmed his intentions when developer Bob Richards asked if he planned to run again.

 "I'm up to the challenge," the mayor told him.

 A resident of Nauss Avenue, Mayor Publicover campaigned four years ago on a platform largely focused on LaHave River waterfront beautification.

 He won the mayor's job by narrowly defeating Ernie Bolivar, Bridgewater's longest-serving mayor, by just 35 votes. Mayor Publicover was the town's deputy mayor from 1988 up to his election as mayor.

 He's been a town councillor since 1985.

 As of last week, no other mayoral candidates had come forward.



posted on 03/25/08
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