In advance of this fall’s general municipal election, the St. John’s Board of Trade is calling on people to get involved in the process, be it through running as a candidate, voting, or talking about the election with others.
In a news release issued Wednesday, the board noted many residents across the province were unable to vote during the last general election in 2009 because some communities failed to attract enough candidates. Overall voter turnout that year was approximately 45 per cent.
Reporting figures from a recent Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador survey, the board said only seven per cent of councillors across the province were younger than 35, with more than 40 per cent of council members older than 55.
The release also highlighted the fact that less than a third of serving council members are women — 29 per cent overall.
“In this historic boom time in our province, there has never been such an opportunity to lead towns, communities, and cities to economic success,” said board chairman Denis Mahoney. “If you’ve ever thought of how you would make your town or city a better place to live, this is the time to seize that opportunity.”