SAINT JOHN, N.B. – After going through three by-elections in just as many years, Ward 3 has put the call out for a strong voice to represent its’ people on Saint John Common Council.

Carl Trickey of P.U.L.S.E. (People United in the Lower South End) says a good candidate should have certain qualities, such as being a good listener. “They need to be able to maintain a broad prospective on things and be able to move initiatives forward and prioritize things well.”

Brian Boyd says as president of Port City Rainbow Pride he’s not worried about taking on the diversity of Ward 3. “In order to be on council you should be open to everyone. You should be able to talk to a homeless man on the street then go into common council and then into a business. If you can’t do that then you’re in the wrong line of business.”

Barbara Ellemberg owns a child care business on the east side. She also picked up her nomination papers and echoes those thoughts. “There’s a lot of businesses. There’s also select neighbourhoods like in the south end, the trailer park out east and the lower west side. I’m looking forward to learning what all their concerns are.”

Those interested in running have until April 19th to file their nomination papers.

The by-election will be held on May 13th.