The Race is On for Mayor of Cumberland
There will be a contest for Mayor of Cumberland County as two former politicians are registered for the October event.
First off the mark was Jason Blanch, a Green Party candidate in the last federal election. Blanch served as a town councillor in Amherst before moving into the county.
The most recent to file papers is Murray Scott, the former Conservative MLA for Cumberland South and speaker of the Nova Scotia Legislature.
The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, September 9th.
A number of new candidates have filed papers for council seats but at the time of writing none of the incumbents made official declarations. It is not uncommon to file closer to the deadline when a councillor considers a re-election.
A number of current councillors hinted they would not re-offer in the revised electoral districts, now eight instead of thirteen. At least three have said they are retiring from municipal politics including Don Fletcher, Maryanne Jackson, Lynne Welton, and Warden Al Gillis. However, they have till next Wednesday to re-consider.
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