Macleod, Macdonald win County Council Seats
Voter turnout strong in all three contests
The number of races in this year’s Victoria County municipal election may have been low, but excitement and voter turnout where contests were held was not.
In District 2 (Nyanza, Middle River, Big Baddeck and points in-between), a threeway race was anybody’s guess heading into the October 15 election day. Shortly after 8 pm, the County unofficially declared Big Baddeck resident Perla Macleod the winner, overcoming a challenge by Brad Macdonald and Norman
(Continued form page 1) Matheson to replace outgoing Councillor Athol Grant. Over 65% of eligible voters turned out for the race that sees Ms. Macleod become just the fifth female to become Councillor in the history of Victoria County.
In District 8 (Bay St. Lawrence, Cape North, Dingwall and area) nearly three-quarters of eligible voters (74%) cast their vote in-person or online, overwhelmingly naming Norman Macdonald the new Councillor for the top of the island. In a more than 2:1 outcome, Macdonald ousted two-term incumbent Johnny Buchanan. Early indicators suggest Macdonald’s extensive door-to-door campaigning throughout the region played a significant role in his win.
Finally, in the two-person race to represent North of Smokey schools in the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board, Jackie Organ retained her seat against challenger Ray Briand in a race that saw over 1100 votes cast. The nearly 61% turnout for school board rep is especially impressive when one considers that over 600 votes were cast in districts where no other race was on the ballot.
The Victoria Standard wishes to thank all candidates for their willingness to serve the County.