Moncton byelection candidates race to get message out

Two candidates are seeking a seat on Moncton city council through a byelection on Monday.

Mike Dawson, Blair Lawrence running to fill council vacancy created by Merrill Henderson's death

Two candidates are hoping to win a seat on Moncton city council in a byelection that will be held on Monday.

Mike Dawson and Blair Lawrence say they are trying to cover as much of the ward as possible to get their message out in the short time they have had to campaign.

Mike Dawson and Blair Lawrence are campaigning to fill the Ward 2 seat on Moncton city council in Monday's byelection. (Marc Genuist/CBC)
Dawson is a project co-ordinator with the community chaplaincy for ex-offenders. He also spent 20 years in the military.

"Well, you know one thing that I think I'm bringing to the council table that hasn't been there fore a while is the fact that I'm a veteran," he said.

Dawson said he would like to see the city do more to celebrate the military and its history.

He's also concerned about the future of the Moncton Garrison and the military homes left vacant in the city.

Lawrence is the district supervisor for fine arts and immigration with the Anglophone East School District.

"I've been in education for a long time so I'm interested in that," said Lawrence.

"I work with our immigrants at our school so I'm very interested in the immigration portfolio for the City of Moncton.

"I think it's added huge value and would like to see more of that."

Lawrence said he also wants to see safer places for seniors and kids to spend time outdoors.

The council vacancy was created when Merill Henderson, a long-time councillor, died in March following a stroke.

City council was reluctant to hold the byelection just seven weeks after Henderson's death, but felt it was better to do so than leave the seat vacant until the next opportunity for municipal byelections in December.