Sharon Tucker returns to mayor’s chair in St. George - Oct. 09, 2013
There will be a familiar face joining the St. George council table as Sharon Tucker is returning to the mayor’s chair after an absence of just more than a year.
Tucker was the only person to file nomination papers for the by-election for the mayor’s position by the 2 p.m. deadline Friday. The position was left vacant after Danny Henry, who defeated Tucker in last May’s municipal elections, resigned for personal reasons earlier this year.
Tucker, who has been administrator at the Charlotte County Hospital since 2009 and prior to that worked at the Saint John Regional Hospital, was elected as the town’s first female mayor in 2008.
She had served on town council continuously after being first elected as a councillor in 1997 which, interestingly, was also in a by-election. Tucker is also chair of Work Safe New Brunswick and serves on the vestry of St. Mark’s Anglican Church.
“I feel I have something to offer. I had nothing but encouragement from the people in St. George. I held off (filing) until the last minute for a reason, because if there was someone new who wanted to step up, I am not one to hold people back.
“In 2012, I had a couple of people say to me that I had too much on my plate and they felt that was why I was not re-elected because they said the council from 2008 to 2012 did very good things. I will be working with four of the old councillors I served with before and two who have been elected since I was last mayor.”
Tucker said she was very impressed with the feedback she has received from the councillors she has spoken to and she has also talked with CAO Jamie Carr to ensure that the town is in the same position that it was a year ago.
“I am aware of most projects but certainly I cannot be updated on everything.”
She said she would like to see council review its five-year plan and to take a look at some of the portfolios which have been changed from what they were in the past when she was at the helm.
“I guess it has been really positive to sit back for a year because, having been there since 1997, you have one perspective but now, having not been on council for a year, I have another perspective.
“I think one of the strengths I brought to the table was the ability to work as a team and I look forward to working with council. I am not assuming anything. I am going to listen for the first while and I don’t have an agenda.”
Tucker said she gave a lot of thought to putting her name forward this time because she wants to do her very best. She said she does have a full-time job but she did when she was mayor before.
“I see council as a team. It is not one person so if there is an event I am not able to attend we will look for one of the other members of the team to do that.
“I will do my best to represent the town. I do consider it a privilege. Many people told me they really hoped I would do this because I did a good job before.
“I have quite enjoyed having a little bit of time off but when I didn’t see anybody that was stepping up I took that very seriously. I feel the municipality needs someone with some background who can bring some skills to the table. I am pleased to be able to represent the people of St. George.”
Tucker will also be joining the Southwest New Brunswick Service Commission as the town’s representative and she said she is interested in being part of the organization.
“I look forward to gaining additional knowledge about the regional service commission because, not having been part of it to date, I am not aware of all the issues. I am looking forward to being an informed and active participant.”