A familiar face in East Ferris, Pauline Rochefort, says she has filed papers to run for mayor in this fall's municipal election.
The 60-year-old native of the municipality plans to concentrate on "quality of life issues" in the community.
"We definitely are a community that is in demand," Rochefort told BayToday. "People want to make it their home. We're thriving, it's growing. So for me, it's very much about continuing to provide quality municipal services at the same time as maintaining and enhancing the rural charm of the community. People want to see that maintained as well with our villages of Corbeil and Astorville."
Rochefort says people want to protect the natural assets of East Ferris.
"A lot of people move here to live on the lakes and how do we protect these natural assets that are so critical to many of our citizens?"
Rochefort says she'll be revealing a more formal platform later, but points to the development of the East Ferris Seniors Villas, improved services for citizens, as well as critical work on key municipal committees including Planning, Economic Development, General Government and Recreation, Parks and Culture.
She has a bachelor of commerce from Laurentian University and a Masters in Business Administration from Ottawa University and had a long and successful career working in both the private and public sectors, as well as being active within many community organizations and boards of directors.
She also has high praise for the current mayor.
"We have been very fortunate to have very stable leadership in Bill Vrebosch and prior to that Paul Rochefort and for me it's continuing that legacy of great work dedication and commitment to East Ferris."
Vrebosch told BayToday he won't decide his political future until after the provincial election.
In 2021 East Ferris will be celebrating its centennial.
"That's an important mark in our history to be celebrated and send the municipality on the next leg of its journey, " said Rochefort.