Rus­sell says lack of in­ter­est ‘a dis­turb­ing trend’

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They are Lloyd Par­rott, Rod Ni­choll, and John Pick­ett.

Rus­sell told The Packet he was both sur­prised and dis­ap­pointed with the re­sults.

“It cer­tainly re­flects a dis­turb­ing trend in the prov­ince whereby coun­cils are get­ting elected by ac­cla­ma­tion … it cer­tainly doesn’t bode well for get­ting peo­ple out and ac­tively in­volved in mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics.”

He says he was orig­i­nally ex­pect­ing an­other can­di­date for both mayor and sev­eral for coun­cil. As for the rea­son for the low level of in­ter­est, he spec­u­lated per­haps res­i­dents were happy with the pre­vi­ous coun­cil, and po­ten­tial can­di­dates may have been turned off by the amount of time need to vol­un­teer.

But Rus­sell says he also thinks it’s im­por­tant for the peo­ple to have a choice for their mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment.

While he says he looks for­ward to meet­ing with the new coun­cil — he’s glad to have sev­eral coun­cil­lors re­turn­ing, and some with pre­vi­ous coun­cil ex­pe­ri­ence join­ing — he’s also sad to see some of the other for­mer mem­bers leave the ta­ble.

“I look for­ward to sit­ting down with the oth­ers and map­ping out where we go in the next four years.”

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