Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Snow day!

Hey all,

Just playing around with the the new layout.

Here's a gratuitous family snapshot.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Change of Scenery on the Way

Dear Friends,

As some of you already know, I'm taking the plunge into municipal politics and seeking the seat for Moncton Ward 4 in the the May 5th byelection. I'll be retooling this blog and updating it regularly very soon. Look for a new coat of paint and some exciting new ideas for our city. I'm quoting the Times and Transcript article that ran today below. There was also an announcement on local radio. Stay tuned, lots more to come.....

David Hackett to seek Moncton Ward 4 seat

West Lane resident David Hackett confirmed yesterday he would seek the vacant Ward 4 seat on Moncton city council in a byelection scheduled for May 7.

The married father of a five-year-old daughter and three-year-old son works for Moncton's Whitehill Technology.

Hackett was the New Democratic Party candidate for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe in last year's federal election when he impressed a number of Metro Monctonians by running a particularly energetic campaign in that contest and doubled the number of votes his party received in the previous federal election.

Hackett said, "it wasn't an easy decision" to pursue the council seat instead of trying to carry the NDP torch again in an anticipated federal election this year. It was however a goal he's long wanted to pursue.

"I had municipal aspirations looking forward to 2008, but this has sped things up a bit."

Hackett's decision came to light in a letter sent to NDP members saying he wouldn't be offering federally.

The Ward 4 byelection became necessary when councillor Chris Collins resigned last month to make his ultimately successful bid to represent Moncton East in the provincial legislature, replacing former premier Bernard Lord. The other councillor for the ward is Rene (Pepsi) Landry.

Nominations for people wishing to represent the ward will begin April 5, and run until April 20 when nominations close. Five days have been scheduled for advance polls beginning April 28 until May 3.

The sprawling ward's southern boundary is Mountain Road from the east side of Mapleton Road to the west side of Universite Avenue. It follows the west side of Wheeeler Boulevard from Universite Avenue to the north side of Morton Avenue and extends east as far as Elmwood Drive. The northern edge of the ward runs along the Trans Canada Highway from Mapleton to McLaughlin Road, but extends north of the highway between McLaughlin and Elmwood, going out to city limits north of Royal Oaks.