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THREE-RIVERS – observers expect the race for mayor of Trois-Rivières is hotly contested. Yves Lévesque, who has just announced his resignation for health reasons, has been the first and only mayor since the amalgamation of January 1, 2002.
The former city councillor Jean-François Aubin, the defeated candidate for mayor in November 2017, has confirmed without further delay, Thursday, that it will be of the race.
Mr Aubin could be considered to be “reserve of the republic” since the last municipal election.
“Today, the message is that we want health to Mr. Lévesque. But yes, I am never hidden. I’ll be part of those who will be of this campaign,” he confirmed, just hours after the announcement of the resignation of Yves Lévesque, who had been re-elected for a fifth term in office there is a little more than a year.
And Julie Boulet?
Since his retirement from provincial politics this year, the ex-liberal minister Julie Boulet has not closed the door on the possibility that she makes a jump in municipal politics in Trois-Rivières.
“I’m not there. We’ll see for the rest of the things, but today I just wanted to pay homage to the man, salute his work, and I think he has made progress in the life of the people of Trois-Rivières,” said for the moment, Mrs. Boulet.
At least one councillor present is not hiding his interest. At a radio station, François Bélisle admits that he will have to think seriously about the question.
The election for mayor is expected to take place next may.
“The letter of resignation of Mr. Lévesque will be tabled at the council meeting on 15 January and, according to the Law on cities and towns, you have four months then to hold the election,” explained the spokesman of the City, Yvan Toutant.
Recall that Yves Lévesque was tipped to make the break with the conservatives of Andrew Sheer in view of the federal elections in fall of 2019.