Four peo­ple run­ning for va­cant Port Hawkes­bury town coun­cil seat

The Casket - - Local -

There should be spir­ited if short con­test for a va­cant Port Hawkes­bury town coun­cil seat for a spe­cial elec­tion next month.

When nom­i­na­tions closed Tues­day, four peo­ple had filed their nom­i­na­tion papers to run for the seat. The can­di­dates are for­mer Port Hawkes­bury CAO Maris Freima­nis, so­cial worker Blaine Mac­quar­rie, re­tired mill worker David F. Ryan and lo­cal busi­nessper­son Michele Taben­sky.

The elec­tion comes at a time when there are sev­eral ma­jor pro­jects un­der­way in Port Hawkes­bury, in­clud­ing the pro­posed re­de­vel­op­ment of Reeves Street, the town’s main thor­ough­fare, and the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Pitt and Ne­pean streets, two of the town’s main ar­te­rial roads.

Ad­vance polls will be held at the Shan­non Stu­dio at the Port Hawkes­bury Civic Cen­tre on Dec. 8 and Dec. 11, with the elec­tion day poll tak­ing place Dec. 15 at the SAERC gym­na­sium. The elec­tion was made nec­es­sary when a for­mer coun­cil­lor moved out­side of town.

Un­der the prov­ince's Mu­nic­i­pal Govern­ment Act, "a mayor or coun­cil­lor who ceases to be or­di­nar­ily res­i­dent in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity ceases to be qual­i­fied to serve as mayor or as coun­cil­lor. When a seat on the coun­cil be­comes va­cant, the clerk shall re­port the facts to the coun­cil. The next round of mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions in Nova Sco­tia is to oc­cur in Oc­to­ber 2020.

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