Brad Woodside

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His Worship
Brad Woodside
Mayor of Fredericton, New Brunswick
In office
2004–2016
Preceded by Les Hull
Succeeded by Mike O'Brien
Mayor of Fredericton, New Brunswick
In office
1986–1999
Preceded by Elbridge Wilkins
Succeeded by Sandy DiGiacinto
Personal details
Born Bradley Stanford Woodside
(1948-10-09) October 9, 1948 (age 68)[1]
Fredericton, New Brunswick

Bradley Stanford "Brad" Woodside (born October 9, 1948 in Fredericton, New Brunswick) was the mayor of Fredericton, New Brunswick between 1986-1999 and again between 2004-2016. Woodside is also serving as the President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. First elected as a city councillor for Fredericton City Council in 1981, he also served as deputy mayor. In 1986, Woodside was elected Mayor of Fredericton and served eight terms as mayor over the next 30 years, which makes him the longest serving mayor of Fredericton.[2]

In 1999, Woodside resigned as mayor to run for MLA of the Fredericton North riding (No. 43) for the Liberal party.[3] He lost to Peter Forbes of the Progressive Conservatives.[4] Woodside ran for mayor again in 2004 and won.[5]

As mayor, Woodside can count a range of accomplishments, including promoting information technology in Fredericton, and the development of information technology infrastructure such as the Fred eZone wireless zone. During his tenure as mayor, music festivals have been promoted in Fredericton including the Harvest and Blues Jazz Festival, the Country Music Festival, and FredRock. While infill development and sustainability have been priorities of his tenure as mayor, he has also faced controversy over sprawling box-store development in the university woods, a previously protected wooded area.

Woodside received an honorary doctor of laws degree from St. Thomas University in 2011. Eleven professors at the small liberal arts university protested, in part because of his refusal to proclaim Pride Weekend in the 1990s.[6]

In the 2016 municipal election, Woodside was defeated by city councillor Mike O'Brien.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Brad". bradwoodside.ca. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  2. ^ Heather Mclaughlin (2008-05-08). "Woodside stands by his record as mayor". Daily Gleaner. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  3. ^ List of Candidates (Unofficial), June 7 General Election (99/05/21) New Brunswick Chief Electoral Officer. News Release. Accessed on May 6, 2015.
  4. ^ New Brunswick general election, 1999. Wikipedia. Accessed on May 6, 2015.
  5. ^ McLaughlin, Heather. "Woodside Wins." The Daily Gleaner, May 13, 2008. Pg. A1.
  6. ^ "STU Profs Protesting Mayor's Honorary Degree". CBC News. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mike O'Brien defeats Brad Woodside in Fredericton mayor race". CBC News. May 9, 2016. Retrieved May 15, 2016.