• John Jantak

St. Lazare mayor announces re-election bid


St. Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo prepares to enter the town’s new city hall on Tuesday, August 28. The mayor said he will be campaigning for re-election in the upcoming mayoralty race.

Mayor Robert Grimaudo will run again in the upcoming municipal election on November 5. He revealed his intention to seek re-election exclusively to Your Local Journal during an informal interview at the St. Lazare community centre on August 28 following a press conference that announced provincial government subsidies will be provided to help homeowners with sinking foundation problems.

“A lot of people want to know what’s going on so I am telling you today officially that on September 22, I will announce my candidacy to run as an independent candidate for mayor,” said Grimaudo. This marks his second consecutive bid to seek another four-year term. He was first elected mayor during a by-election in June, 2012 replacing outgoing Mayor Pierre Kary.

Council took care of infrastructure

Grimaudo said that after his re-election in 2013, his current administration faced many challenges in terms of bringing the town’s infrastructure up to date which is why council dedicated their efforts on modernizing aging facilities over the past four years.

“Without revealing what my platform is, what I can tell you is that the real big problems in St. Lazare have been settled. We took care of water, sewage, public security, paving, and the town hall. We’ve taken care of all the big infrastructure issues. We’ve even resolved Chaline Valley. All these real issues have been resolved,” said Grimaudo.

He said the current council has done more to resolve infrastructure issues than previous administrations, but noted they weren’t at fault because just about all of the problems that required attention occurred simultaneously after Grimaudo took office.

“Things needed to be done. We needed to make sure we never have a water problem because that was coming. It was the same thing with the sewage. We had to make sure we had a place for our fire trucks because we didn’t have a real fire hall. This community has grown a lot in the last 15 years and nothing was done for infrastructure,” said Grimaudo.

Grass-roots campaign

As in the previous election, Grimaudo’s campaign will be completely poster-less. “I will run a grass-roots campaign as I did in the last election, knock on many doors, hold weekly meetings for residents and talk to the people. The purpose is to be completely transparent,” he said.

“Unfortunately as mayor, I won’t have as much time to campaign as my opponents. There’s going to be competition and I’m okay with that because that’s democracy. But the people who will run against me will have only one thing to concentrate on – getting elected. In my case, I still have a town to run while campaigning. This will make it a little bit more challenging,” he said.

Grimaudo will run again as an independent rather than being part of a municipal party with a slate of candidates for the six councillor spots under a specific banner. “I don’t want to be surrounded by yes-men,” he said.

“That’s why I’ve never formed a political party. I want to be surrounded by independently-thinking people. I’ve always managed to get people to work together. It’s not always easy but in the past four years we managed to accomplish a lot and it was all done without having a political party,” Grimaudo added.

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