Macleod, Macdon­ald win County Coun­cil Seats

Voter turnout strong in all three con­tests

The Victoria Standard - - Front Page - BADDECK

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.

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