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Pearl Martin eyes council seat in upcoming Clarenville municipal byelection

Pearl Martin is throwing her hat in the ring for councillor in the upcoming Clarenville municipal byelection. JONATHAN PARSONS/THE PACKET
Pearl Martin is throwing her hat in the ring for councillor in the upcoming Clarenville municipal byelection. JONATHAN PARSONS/THE PACKET - Jonathan Parsons
CLARENVILLE-SHOAL HARBOUR, N.L. —

Pearl Martin says she’s been thinking about running for council for 10 years.

She will get her chance, as she will be putting her name forward in the upcoming municipal byelection for Clarenville town council.

The seat was vacated when Lloyd Parrott won the provincial election in the district of Terra Nova in May.
Martin told The Packet she was born and raised in Shoal Harbour.
“I have feelings and beliefs on the focus council should be taking on future endeavours here,” said Martin.
The 63 year-old retired school teacher says she knows what the town is lacking and has ideas for its future – provided it makes sense in the budget.
“I probably represent the majority of people.”
Martin says she wants to be accessible to the residents and provide a voice for their thoughts on the direction of the town.
“I’d like to be a person that’s there – you can send me an email, you can pick up the phone…you can voice your concerns and depending on finances and how it affects the town, then I think like everyone needs to be heard.”
Martin adds there needs to be more public consultation when decisions are made.
When asked about potentially being the only woman on council, Martin says it’s important to have different viewpoints from different perspectives around the discussion table. But it doesn’t factor into her thinking.
“I think you need clear-thinking, analytical people who can make sound decisions. It doesn’t matter the sex or the age of the council.
“If you have a council that’s fair minded, open minded, open to change, open to listening to what the taxpayers want then it doesn’t matter if you’re a man, a 20-year-old, or a woman.”
She adds she has a strong grasp on local issues and connection to different demographics and their needs and wants, whether it be seniors, families or young people.
“My anchor is here and so is my (family). I feel like I can speak for the people, but only if the people speak to me."
Martin runs her own businesses, which sees plenty of work with revenue and bookkeeping. This gives her an educated perspective vital to contributing to running a municipality, she says.
“The figures, the numbers, are my forte," Martin says. "Some things like a swimming pool, financially, it’s a major undertaking and I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to afford one – but there are things that young families expect in this community and it’s lacking.”
The nomination date for candidates is Thursday, Aug. 22.
Election day is set for Sept. 17 with an advance poll on Sept. 14.

Jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca
Twitter: @jejparsons

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