Pilon seeks another four-year mandate as Vaudreuil-Dorion mayor
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Dispelling rumours to the contrary, Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon tells The Journal in an exclusive interview that he will seek a fifth mandate as mayor during the next municipal campaign which will be in early November, 2021.
While the next municipal elections in Quebec are only slated for early November 2021, Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon has decided to announce his candidacy for re-election to another four year term.
Pilon made the announcement officially to The Journal during an interview at his office on Tuesday, August 25, to dispel rumours that have been circulating recently speculating the mayor will not seek another mandate and retire from municipal politics after his current term is completed next fall.
‘I’ll be back’
“People have come to me in the past month and asked if I was coming back because they heard things,” said Pilon. “I want to make it clear that I’ll be back. Things could change when it comes to my health but if all goes well, I’ll be back with a full team of eight candidates for council. If I’m re-elected, this will be my last mandate as mayor.”
The mayor said there are still many challenges facing the city in the next five years. “I don’t want to leave the boat until everything is settled. There’s the new city hall, library, and aquatic centre. I want to make sure everything is done. At that point, the new hospital will be here officially and we’re working very hard right now to prepare the infrastructure and configure the roads around it,” said Pilon.
22 year municipal career
His career in Vaudreuil-Dorion municipal politics spans 22 years, having first been first elected as a city councillor in 1998. Pilon was elected mayor in 2005 and is currently into his fourth, four-year term. “The first two times I was elected by acclamation and the last two times I had an opponent in each election,” he said.
Pilon isn’t sure if he’ll have any challengers for the city’s top spot next November but said he’ll be ready to face any opponents with a full team of eight district council candidates who will run for their respective council districts as they did in 2017 under the Parti Action/Action Party political banner.
That was the year when rival mayoral candidate Pierre Séguin (not the same Pierre Séguin who is the current mayor of le-Perrot) posed a major challenge against Pilon and unveiled his own slate of eight council candidates who ran under the Équipe nous sommes/Team we are political party banner.
“The last election was very hard but our team members were all elected,” said Pilon. “This was a great sign of support. The ratio was about 60 per cent to 40 per cent, sometimes a bit more or less, so we were very happy with the result.”
Citizens receive many benefits
The city has grown substantially since Pilon was first elected municipal councillor 22 years ago, increasing from about 15,000 residents in 1998 to a present day total of over 40,000.
Among the many benefits citizens receive, Pilon said residents enjoy a preferential tax rate compared to other municipalities within the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region and are provided with a full range of municipal services for the money they pay including being able to take advantage of an extensive range of sports, recreational and cultural activities and programs.
The mayor hasn’t unveiled his political platform yet, saying that will only happen during the official municipal campaign which will take place in October 2021, about one month before the actual election.