Summerside businessman Bill Martin seeks mayor’s office

Mike Carson, Journal Pioneer
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SUMMERSIDE – Long-time Summerside resident, business leader, educator and consultant Bill Martin has given in to requests to enter municipal politics, announcing his intentions to run for mayor of Summerside.

Bill Martin, (centre) flanked by family members announces his candidacy for the office of mayor for the City of Summerside. Martin made the announcement Tuesday at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club. Celebrating the announcement with the candidate are (left) son Zach, his wife Josette, son Patrick and daughter Natalie Richard. 

Martin made the announcement before about 40 people at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club, Tuesday afternoon.

“This has been going on for 12 years,” Martin said. “Twelve years ago, eight years ago, four years ago, I was approached all three times to consider running for mayor. Timing was right. I was full time employed in addition to owning a bakery. I no longer had my (Canadian Business) youth foundation. I retired two years ago. I’ve got time on my hands. I’ve been on a whole bunch of boards. I’ve come to realize that I think I have a reasonable, common sense approach to handling those things.”

Martin’s campaign slogan, “Putting People First,” comes from a lifetime of experience in just that.

“I’m a big believer in inclusion,” he said. “I’m a big believer in public access as opposed to behind closed doors.”

Martin said as Summerside mayor, he will promote transparency in all facets of city affairs

“You can’t make decisions in cottages that involve  $1.5 million taxpayers dollars,” he said. “It was just prior to the last election and that’s part of the reason why some of those councillors may or may not have lost their seats. You just send a message to everybody.”

“I live in Lefurgey subdivision. They removed the baseball field without letting the citizens know they were doing it. That’s not transparency. That’s not communication. To me, transparency involves and revolves around communicating honestly, openly, in advance and, if not in advance, let people know what’s going on.”

Martin said he has already heard from some Summerside residents but admits he needs to get out and meet the public.

“I’m hearing just from people who have called me to express their opinions about how they feel that there are silos in the city that one department isn’t talking to another department and you can’t really get a consensus,” he said. “I’ve got a lot to learn. I’ve got to go out and talk to the citizens of Summerside and they’ll tell me what needs to be change. I’ll do my darndest to affect those changes. I don’t get a vote unless there’s a tie. But, on the other hand, I do get an opinion and that opinion is certainly going to be heard.”

The city’s lack of representation on the Summerside Port Authority needs to be addressed, Martin said.

“I think that’s ridiculous,” he said. “The City of Summerside has representation on the Summerside Regional Development Corporation (SRDC). SRDC is connected to the port authority. I would advocate for that. I would fight for that.”

Martin said he will develop clear goals for city debt retirement and also plans to implement both short and long-term plans around infrastructure upgrades and new projects. Another key area for Martin is sustainable economic development as well as the need for ongoing cleanup of the west end boardwalk beach area and the elimination of cosmetic pesticide use in the city.

Martin purchased the Water Street Bakery & Deli in 1988 which he continues to own and operate with his wife, Josette. He is also known for his work in training and consulting; he wrote and developed the “Fresh Start Life Skills Program,” a program that encourages people to reach their full potential. He has been involved for the past several years with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and actively chairs and co-chairs various organizational boards. His current titles include president of the Summerside Dolphin Swim Club and Co-Chair of East Prince Youth Development Centre. Martin also volunteers as a motivational speaker at community events across P.E.I. He and has three children – Natalie, Zach and Patrick.

Martin joins John Curtis as a candidate for the office of mayor.

Organizations: Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club, Summerside Port Authority, Water Street Bakery Deli Canadian Youth Business Foundation Club and Co

Geographic location: Summerside, Lefurgey, P.E.I.

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Recent comments

  • John
    August 06, 2014 - 06:59

    This is exciting... finally a mayoral race that has likely candidates... Bill Martin is a fine man.... looking forward to this!

  • Billy
    August 06, 2014 - 05:30

    Great news and knowing his royal roundness,now that there is tangible competition,bets he will not re-offer? Where do I sign up Bill? TIME TO HAUL UP THE TENT PEGS BASIL !

  • Christina Bower
    August 06, 2014 - 01:54

    I can't think of a better person to take on city Hall and whip. Summerside back into the beautiful productive city it used to be. I truly wish I could be there to vote and help with the campaign. Best wishes for a successful campaign, Bill.

  • Shawn Harvey
    August 05, 2014 - 20:04

    Congratulations Bill! Good luck in the coming election. I'm sure you'll do what's best for the citizens of Summerside if you get elected to office

  • steve
    August 05, 2014 - 19:26

    I think this is great. The city needs new representation.... without hiding how they spend... or throw money away... my vote is with bill

  • Former Summerside Resident
    August 05, 2014 - 18:50

    GOOD MAN BILL.....!!!!!!! It's time for Basil to pass it on! Don't get me wrong Basil, you are doing a good job. Time for new blood.