Six new councillors elected; warden, deputy both lose seats in Annapolis County municipal vote
Forty-seven per cent turnout in first electronic balloting
ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NS – Annapolis County voters elected six new councillors in municipal elections Oct. 17 with Warden Timothy Habinski losing his District 7 seat to David Hudson.
Voter turnout was 47 per cent with the municipality using electronic balloting for the first time. That’s up from a municipal election high of 38 per cent in Annapolis County. The 2016 municipal turnout was just 32 per cent.
Returning Officer Doug Patterson said he was happy with the high voter turnout.
“We really appreciated the poll worker teams. It was alot for them to learn the new voting systems. They worked so hard and did an amazing job helping the public during the in-person voting today,” he said.
“It was nice to see in general the public seemed to embrace the ease of electronic voting and that bodes well for the future,” said assistant Returning Officer Amanda Lewis.
Deputy Warden Martha Roberts also lost her District 10 seat by just 10 votes to newcomer Brad Redden.
Other new councillors are Brian Connell defeating John MacDonald in District 2; Alan Parish defeating Wayne Fowler in District 3, Clyde Barteaux defeating Burt McNeil in District 4, and Lynn Longmire in District 5 where incumbent Gregory Heming did not re-offer.
Returning councillors were Bruce Prout in District 1, Alex Morrison in District 6, and Diane LeBlanc in District 11. Also returning are Michael Gunn in District 8 and Wendy Sheridan in District 9 who were both acclaimed.
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