Ward 4 City Councillor Sheilagh O’Leary announced this week she’ll be running for deputy mayor in September, which will leave her seat at the table wide open.

This morning, Ian Froude announced he’ll be running for ward 4. “Our city is an fantastic place to live. I’m excited by the ideas, businesses, culture, and energy that makes our neighbourhoods and city thrive,” he says. “We need representation at City Hall that speaks for us. We need neighbourhoods that we can call home with parks, trails, schools, safe streets, and the services we want.”

Froude is the Founder and Executive Director of the St. John’s Tool Library, runs a small business, the Bite-sized Farm, and has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Degree from Memorial University.

In addition to being an entrepreneur he has experience serving his community as a Board Member of the O’Brien Farm Foundation, and just finished a term on the Board of Engineers Without Borders Canada. He has also served the people of the province by working in the Premier’s Office and for the Minister of Natural Resources over a three year period

“City Council needs to remember that every decision made affects the lives of the residents, and that they must support, not hinder, our ability to make our own lives better. There must be a fair deal for small businesses so that they can succeed: to create employment and wealth that lasts,” he says.

“We need culturally diverse and artistically vibrant communities, because from that comes creativity that drives social and economic prosperity.”