Coun­cil­lor re­signs

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HOT ONLINE - BY STEVE SHARRATT sshar­ratt@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/PEIGuardian

The fresh­est face on Mon­tague town coun­cil has re­signed.

Af­ter only eight months of her four-year term, Sheila MacKen­zie Fitz­patrick ad­vised the town Tues­day she is step­ping aside due to per­sonal rea­sons.

“It’s with re­gret that I was ad­vised of this news,’’ said Mon­tague Mayor Richard Collins, who said he had no inkling of the sud­den res­ig­na­tion plans.

The well-known fid­dler, who per­forms with Celtic Ladies and Tre­ble with Girls mu­si­cal groups, was elected in the Novem­ber mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion af­ter some vig­or­ous cam­paign­ing. The 38year-old earned 345 votes in the elec­tion - the third high­est in a con­test with nine in­di­vid­u­als seek­ing six coun­cil seats. She re­cently posted her mu­si­cal sched­ule for the sum­mer which in­di­cates barely a day off.

“We are now down two coun­cil­lors around the ta­ble, so it’s quite a change,’’ said Collins.

Coun. Wayne Spin stepped aside last month af­ter he was ad­vised by his doc­tor to take time off due to a med­i­cal con­di­tion. Spin is not ex­pected back for some time.

A by­elec­tion is now in the works to re­place Fitz­patrick, but town of­fi­cials ex­pect the ear­li­est this can hap­pen is Au­gust.

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