Long-serving Heart's Content mayor confirms he is leaving politics

Terry Roberts
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Don Blundon is the longtime mayor of Heart's Content.

A man who is arguably this province's longest serving municipal politician — four decades — confirmed last week that he will not seek re-election when citizens of Heart's Content elect a new town council in September.

Don Blundon began serving as a municipal leader when he was appointed to the Heart's Content Local Improvement District in April 1973, six years after the young man from Bay de Verde moved to the community to teach at the former Holy Trinity high school.

The town elected its first town council in 1974, with the late Frank Rowe as the first mayor. Three years later, in the fall of '77, Blundon took over the top elected post in the town, and he's been mayor ever since.

When he leaves office in September, Blundon will have been been at the helm for 36 years. That's an impressive record of service, and Blundon is proud of his contributions over the years.

“It’s been an exciting life," Blundon said this week during an interview at the town council office.

Editors' note: for complete story, pick up a copy of the Feb. 5, 2013 print edition of The Compass, or subscribe to our digital SmartEdition.

Geographic location: Bay de Verde, Holy Trinity

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  • suzanne hiscock
    February 13, 2013 - 12:04

    a job will done

  • john cumby
    February 03, 2013 - 14:11

    Good to work with you over the years Job well done, old friend!

    February 01, 2013 - 17:18

    Congratulations, For someone to dedicate this much time to the well being of their town , they deserve the utmost respect of their citizens. I always said that people should serve at least one term on council to know what it is all about. Again Don, great job and congrats on an outstanding council career.

  • lloyd blundon
    February 01, 2013 - 13:36

    Best of luck Don, might see you in 2014

  • martha Clarke
    February 01, 2013 - 11:31

    Congratulations Mr Blundon you have done a wonderful job,as mayor of Hearts Content ,the people will miss you i,m sure ,knowing you ,i,m sure you will have your finger in the pie so to speak somewhere ,enjoy your retirement

  • robin george
    January 31, 2013 - 21:55

    You are one of the GREAT ones. Way to go Don. Good luck.

  • Barbara Brown
    January 31, 2013 - 19:01

    Congrats Don....you are to be commended for your years of DEDICATION to the Town of Hearts Content. You have done a wonderful service and the town has been blessed with you as their leader for such a long period. Enjoy your retirement. I am sure you will always play a leadership role in some form.