Tache Mayor Justin Bohemier has announced he is seeking re-election.
The municipal election in Manitoba is not until October 26th, yet Mayors and Reeves are allowed to now make their intentions known. Bohemier says many people have asked whether or not he will run again, and this decision was made after consideration with his family.
"I have learned so many things in the last four years of being the Mayor of Tache that I think there's a great opportunity for continuing and I have a lot of things I'd like to see finished or accomplished," he says.
Bohemier is wrapping up his first term as Head of Council. In the 2018 election, Bohemier defeated incumbent Mayor Robert Rivard by fewer than 100 votes.
He admits there is quite a steep learning curve to being Mayor. Bohemier says there was a lot to learn in years one and two, but after a while, he started to get used to the role. Bohemier says he surrounded himself with wonderful people who were able to help him differentiate the various situations that pop up.
"Over the last four years I've learned a tremendous amount," he says. "And I'm happy to try to use that knowledge to carry the RM of Tache into the next era."
Bohemier refers to the Mayor's seat as a very unique position. He notes there is the political side but also the diplomatic side. Bohemier says you have to be able to work, not only with your Council but also with residents and the province. He feels he has been able to achieve these things, but admits there are a lot of challenges, long hours and many headaches. Having said that, Bohemier says there are a lot of feel-good stories in his municipality and projects that people want to complete.
"I really see this as a great time and a great opportunity to continue," he notes. "I've experienced nothing but good times in the last four years."
Bohemier says Tache has made a lot of improvements to things like garbage and recycling services. But, he says their infrastructure is getting tired in some areas and he would like to be around to lobby the provincial and federal governments for funding to make the necessary improvements.
Also, Bohemier says because Tache is situated so close to Winnipeg, his municipality is experiencing a lot of growth. As Mayor, he would like to see that growth continue and even embellished.
Bohemier says Tache is made up of a lot of agriculture land, but also Local Urban Districts in Landmark and Lorette. If elected, he would like to continue to find efficiencies as well as resources for all to share.
Further to that, Bohemier says he would like to find ways to improve services, while keeping taxation to a minimum.
"I'm definitely excited to run again," says Bohemier. "And I'm excited to see what's going to happen after the election is done."