The long-time mayor on Bell Island is hoping his heart problems won't impede his bid for re-election.

Wabana Mayor Gary Gosine has heart problems, and is currently in the Health Sciences Centre awaiting surgery that's scheduled for Friday.

"They explained to me yesterday. It's just like the Outer Ring Road — they're going to bypass everything and whatever's old will stay there and whatever's new they'll fix up," he said.

Although he can't go door to door, Gosine said he is still campaigning from his hospital bed.

Unlike past elections, he has some competition for the top seat on Bell Island. Gosine won by acclamation in the past two municipal elections.  

'It's just like the Outer Ring Road — they're going to bypass everything.' - Gary Gosine

He is running against current deputy mayor Kay Crane and community leader Teresita McCarthy. 

Municipal elections take place on Sept. 24 across the province.