Hearst Town Council officially approved two new councillors on Wednesday night. Patrick Vaillancourt and Martin Lanoix were chosen from five candidates. The two replaced Marc Ringuette and Conrad Morin who resigned recently due to personal reasons. Mayor Roger Sigouin says council is thrilled to welcome the two that have experience in being active in the community.
“Patrick Vaillancourt is quite involved in the community with the lumberjacks and different things in the community,” he said. “He’s a young, I would say 42. That’s what he said – I still got time to give to the community and that’s why I put my name on the list.”
Lanoix is a successful Hearst businessman and very active with several organizations including the Knights of Columbus. Sigouin says there was a lot of interest shown to fill the positions.
“Having five people even if the other one pulled her name out says she’s going to think about it for another year and maybe she’s going to join the next election,” he said. “It’s really interesting when you see people putting their name in who wants to make a difference in their community.”
The two new councillors have 11 months to finish the term before the municipal elections are held next October. They’ll be sworn in at a later date.