Andy Wells Running for Mayor
Andy Wells will be entering the race for mayor of St. John's.
He was first elected as the city's mayor in 1997, and was re-elected in 2001 and 2005.
In 2008, Wells was appointed Chair and Chief Executive Office of the provincial public utilities board, which oversees power, water, waste, etc., for towns and cities. Controversy arose soon after when Wells refused to resign his position as mayor, citing reasons such as higher costs for a by-election or a lack of legislation against it.
Many believed a conflict-of-interest would result, and that Wells would not be objective in his decisions. Most of the controversy was settled, however, when on February 12, Premier Williams released a statement saying that while he still believed Wells could perform both tasks, he would be delaying Wells' appointment until after he resigns as mayor.
On February 19, 2008, Wells announced that he would step down from the mayoral position on March 3. Wells was attempting to delay his departure long enough so the city of St. John's would not have to run a by-election that Wells claimed would cost the city $400,000.
He will make an announcement Tuesday morning at Tim Hortons in Churchill Square.