(Fredericton, March 22, 2012) Matthew Hayes, a professor at St. Thomas University and sociologist, has thrown his name into the race to become Fredericton’s next mayor in the May 14th municipal election.Hayes was motivated to run by what he sees as a need for more thoughtful city governance with greater focus on long-term sustainability. Hayes would work with city government towards building livable, walkable, inclusive neighbourhoods, which are both smart and sustainable, and which reduce costs and tax bills for citizens.“I am running for mayor because we need new ideas to shape the direction of our city. Fredericton has grown significantly in recent years, but we need to pay greater attention to the the community we are building, how it meets citizen needs, and the values it expresses,” says Hayes.Hayes also appreciates the importance of the strong local business culture. “Fredericton is a great city, filled with hard-working, community-minded people. We need to maintain a strong, vital, downtown core, a strong business community, and a vibrant arts and entertainment scene. We deserve municipal government that reflects these values.”Matthew also feels strongly about the ensuring environmentally and economically sound infrastructure development and improvement. “We need to make our communities more resilient by taking steps to reduce residents’ exposure to rapidly rising fuel prices, and rising costs associated with climate change. Failure to adapt presents a huge tax liability for the city’s residents,” says Hayes. “Saint John and Moncton have already begun this process, but Fredericton lags behind. In this respect, Fredericton is following, not leading. It is time for that to change,” he adds.
Hayes grew up in Dalhousie, but his roots in Fredericton run deep. Both his parents are from the Fredericton area, and his childhood was filled with regular trips to visit his grandparents, Fred and Eileen Hayes of Forest Hill Road, and John and Marian Hughes of Lorne St. His last surviving grandparent, Marian, now lives in Saint John, with Matthew’s parents, Paul and Noreen Hayes.
Full details of Matthew Hayes’ mayoral platform are available at hayesformayor.ca. He welcomes anyone who wants to meet him and discuss his positions, to come out to his campaign launch at the Cedar Tree Cafe on Queen Street, with the Alex Bailey Band, on Friday, March 30th at 7PM.
To get in touch with Matthew or arrange for an interview, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.