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Taylor councillor Brent Taillefer announces run for mayor's chair

First name in the ring for October's municipal election
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Photo of District of Taylor councillor Brent Taillefer during Council's inauguration Nov. 5, 2018. Taillefer is seeking re-election in October, but as mayor.

Taylor councillor Brent Taillefer is looking at expanding his role in the community.

The well-known and long-time resident, and member of the district's fire department, has announced he's running for the position of mayor in October's municipal election.

First elected to council in 2011, with the late Fred Jarvis as mayor, Taillefer was involved in helping to shape a new official community plan, something he takes pride in.

"It was a long process, hindered with different consultants and people quitting, but we hadn't had one done for so long," he recalls. "Of course, an OCP is extremely important. It guides a town's future and prompts engagement with the community."

Most recently, Taillefer has worked closely on another large-scale project - construction of a new public works shop as chair of a council committee that's overseeing its building.

"It will give our public works crew the space they need. It will also free things up for other departments, for the municipality to use the old public works shop behind the District office for storage."

It'll also translate to more employee parking behind the office and allow for more public and guest parking out front, something, he admits, isn't always the case.

Taillefer is also looking ahead to projects he'd like to see completed, if chosen as mayor.

Among them: a bypass road that would divert traffic from the community's industry on the east side, away from the current highway crossing, to the traffic lights on Pine Avenue and seeing homes built in Jarvis Crescent, a newly-serviced subdivision on the west side.

With 11 years of experience under his belt, Taillefer believes it's time and he's ready to take that next step.

While it hasn't been a secret in the community for quite some time, his decision to declare his intentions follows current mayor Rob Fraser announcing at a Spirit of the Peace Pow Wow grand entry last Friday that the pow wow would be his last as mayor.

So far, Taillefer, a married father of three, is the lone candidate to put his name forward for the mayor's chair.

Municipal Election Day in Taylor and across the province is Sat. Oct. 15.

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