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Mayor Savage not running again, grateful for two decades of service

For the first time in over two decades, there’s going to be a new mayor in West Nipissing.

Joanne Savage penned a letter this morning, announcing she will not pursue another term.

“I can assure you my decision was not weighed lightly,” she writes. “I spent countless days and nights considering to do so because my heart and passion is for the well being of you all, for our beautiful communities and municipality. I’ve always stated during my tenure in office our most valuable resources are the people.”

Savage says she’s grateful for over two decades of working with and for the people of West Nipissing.

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“Together we accomplished so many endeavours and initiatives. Credit is owed to all of you for the many successes. Throughout these 24 years I devoted myself to my fullest to fulfill my obligation with integrity, loyalty, dedication and committed. Never in the history of mankind did I ever refuse to attend any meetings.”

Savage says the commitment was a “huge family sacrifice”, but she was blessed and privileged to have 100% support and backing from her husband and family, stating “they have always been my anchor and my strength throughout all the ups and downs”.

“I presently have several personal issues which are extremely time-consuming which include a move to Sturgeon Falls, daughter’s wedding and my husband’s health. The time has come for me to be the anchor and strength to my husband and my family, and to spend quality time with them.”

Savage says she’s anxious to learn the outcome of the election, and whoever wins must be able to take criticism.

“If one cannot take criticisms nor see wrong doing than the job is not for them. These words were shared to me, during my first campaign, by a respected and successful businessperson. His wise words always resonated with me and will be considered for whom I can support in this upcoming election,” she finished.

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