Mayor - Andrew Casey, Peter Jubb, and Robert Rochon
Hello citizens of Albert County. My name is Andrew Casey and I am the longest standing elected official in Albert County. Currently serving as the Mayor in Alma, I am offering for the position of Mayor of Fundy Albert in this month’s election on November 28.
My wife and I moved to Albert County 22 years ago and instantly knew this was where we wanted to raise our family and operate our family-owned business. Our children attended Riverside Consolidated School and Caledonia Regional High School. Our eldest is now in his third year at the University of New Brunswick and our daughter is in her tenth year at Caledonia. Both children have been active in school and community sport leagues, playing many games at the local school’s fields, courts and at the Hillsborough Arena.
In 2008, I was encouraged by local residents to put my name forward as a candidate in the Alma municipal election. I still remember the immediate sense of community I felt and knew that the decision was a great way to grow as a person, learn more about my community and the issues that were most important to the residents. Fourteen years later I continue to appreciate the opportunity I was given to represent the residents as a counsellor, a deputy mayor and as mayor. And yet, I feel like I’m just getting started in local government. There are many encouraging projects underway in Fundy Albert that we cannot lose sight of. From Hillsborough’s expansion of the Shoreline Trail to Riverside-Albert’s trail development and much needed water treatment facility upgrades to Alma’s crucial water exploration project. All these developments need proper management so they are not left by the wayside following the amalgamation on January 1, 2023. I am committed to seeing all critical projects come to fruition. My time as co-chair for Vision Alma fundamentally changed the relationship that Alma now has with Fundy National Park, the Department of Tourism and local businesses. We became a model example throughout the Maritimes.
It takes many years of experience in local government, having a network of contacts at various levels of government and listening to the genuine concerns of citizens to excel at being a fair and respected representative of a community. I am often faced with finding solutions to a variety of issues, working on a tight timeline with very little resources or funding. This position of mayor demands time, transparency, accountability, and the will to make tough decisions. I believe a great mayor must be approachable and have the ability to lead a council to make responsible decisions on behalf of the taxpayers.
The challenges we face in rural New Brunswick are real, and we in Albert County are no different. Experienced leaders are what we need now more than ever. As you may be aware, the restructuring of our entity is just the beginning of local governance reform. We will be facing tax reform, changes in land-use planning and regional collaboration. These changes are why I humbly ask for your support on November 28. If you have questions or concerns that I can answer, please do not hesitate to call me at 506-874-0676. I will gladly take your call. I would also like to thank all my supporters across Fundy Albert who have encouraged me over the past several months to offer as mayor. I commend those who have offered their names as councillors for Fundy Albert. I look forward to working with you to have a positive impact for all the residents of Fundy Albert.
I have had a number of residents within the new Fundy Albert Municipal entity from Lower Coverdale, Hillsborough, Riverside-Albert and Alma asking me to seek the position of Mayor in the upcoming Municipal elections to take place on November 28th, 2022.
I have lived in Albert County since 2002,after working as a telecommunications engineer responsible for staff, large budgets and safety aspects.
I am involved in;
- Royal Canadian Legion Branch #32 Hillsborough as President
- Riverview Veterans & Armed Forces Association to support veterans
- St Mary’s Anglican Church as a layreader and outreach worker
- Masons and the Shrine that assist in helping children with medical issues (as you have seen on TV driving the small mini cars to raise funds for the children)
Council meetings need to be flexible and fully transparent. They need to be held in Alma, Riverside-Albert, Hillsborough and Lower Coverdale as well as on Facebook to ensure full access for all citizens. until a permanent home is found for the council.
The diligence and enthusiasm I have for the above committees and groups will be what I bring to the table as your Mayor.
I look forward to your support in the elections on November 28th.
My name is Robert Rochon, but most people know me as Bob. I am the mayor of the Village of Hillsborough and am offering to become mayor of Fundy Albert in the upcoming municipal election on November 28th.
I am a former RCMP officer and public servant with more than 35 years of experience. My first assignment in the RCMP back in 1980 was as a young officer in Hillsborough. My career in the RCMP took me to other communities and provinces, but I always wanted to return home to Albert County to retire. Overall, I have lived here for more than 20 years.
Throughout my career, I acquired a good understanding of policing and policing contracts, and honed my skills as a manager and leader as I rose through the ranks of the organization. I acquired extensive experience in financial and human resource management, and led teams of employees across Canada’s four Atlantic provinces.
During my years in the RCMP and as an enforcement planner and analyst with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, I wrote operational and emergency plans. This provided me with an excellent foundation on which to prepare the emergency response plan for the communities of Alma, Hillsborough and Riverside-Albert.
I am no stranger to volunteerism and community involvement. I have been on the board of directors of the Bennett and Albert County Health Care Foundation for the past 10 years and am currently the board’s Vice Chairperson. I have also been the volunteer emergency measures coordinator for the Village of Alma, Hillsborough and Riverside-Albert since 2015.
When I first ran for public office in 2021, I wanted to make a difference in my community. I believed that municipal reform would happen, but not before 2025. Now, after only 18 months in office, my term as mayor is coming to an end, with some of what I hoped to accomplish, undone. As we transition to a new local government comprising the Villages of Alma, Hillsborough and Riverside-Albert as well as our five local service districts, I feel there will be a lot of hard work and challenges ahead of us. But there will be opportunities. I believe it will be essential to have someone as mayor who has experience, who understands the governance reform process, the role of a mayor, and someone who is not afraid to be heard on issues of importance to Fundy Albert’s residents. If elected, I’ll pursue the commitments that I made when I was first elected, which include increased transparency in the affairs of local government, increased awareness and communication, and increased citizen involvement. I will also work hard to have our voice heard.
I have already scheduled a number of meetings in various locations of Fundy Albert to meet as many residents as possible. My hope is to get a sense of what’s important to you, including those who reside in our local services districts. With a better understanding of what your concerns are, I can be more effective as your mayor.