By Robin Della Corte
Benoît Fradet and Basile Angelopoulos, longtime Laval municipal councillors announced during last week’s city council meeting that they will not be seeking re-election this fall.
Fradet, who was first elected to municipal council in 1997, had served as a member of the National Assembly.
Angelopoulos was first elected to city council 16 years ago and was appointed vice-president of the city’s executive committee in 2009.
“After 16 years of service it’s time to step aside,” Angelopoulos said. “I leave the seat for others who hopefully come to it with enthusiasm and passion as I did for the last 16 years.”
Angelopoulos, who will soon turn 55 at the end of his mandate, stated that he hopes that whoever will run in the upcoming election will be devoted to Laval and will want to continue to advance the city in all fronts.
Angelopoulos’s colleague Fradet also spoke about his decision to not run again for elections, citing similar reasons.
“I just turned 48, I’ve been in politics for 24 years, starting in 1989,” Fradet said. “Politics was great, a nice experience both on a provincial level and municipal level, but now it’s time to go back to a private life and take care of my family.”
Fradet stated he has two teenage children and wants to concentrate on his personal life and on his job as vice-president of Schokbeton, a concrete manufacturer in St. Eustache where he has been employed for 10 years.
“We have achieved a lot of good accomplishments during the past 15 years,” Fradet said, “including bridges in the east, metro stations and universities. I hope that whoever runs will take this potential and continue to work at it.”
“I think Laval is a great city in a great position and I hope the best for everything and that Alexandre Duplessis will continue in politics,” he added.
Fradet offered his best wishes to the politicians who continue to take care of Laval, adding that he believes that he “did [his fair] share of it.”
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