By Lawrence Powell
Candidate nominations for seats in the 11 districts of Annapolis County don’t close until September 11, but already it appears there will be a few races leading up to the October 20 municipal elections.
One seat, District 6, is already vacant with the resignation of long-time councillor and former deputy warden Pat McWade, but two people have already declared their intentions to run there. Alex Morrison and Beverly Sydenham have both thrown their hats into the District 6 ring.
There are also races shaping up in District 2, District 3, District 5, and District 7.
Returning officer for the county is Carolyn Young who will be accepting nominations by appointment between September 4 and 10 or between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on nomination day, September 11. Information packages are available and Young can be contacted at email@example.com.
Following are the districts and the incumbent councilors plus others who have declared their intentions to run:
District 1: The Spectator was unable to reach incumbent Marilyn Wilkins. However, should she re-offer there are no known rivals for this seat.
District 2: Brian Connell is the incumbent and has said he will re-offer. Paul Langille told The Spectator he will be running against Connell.
District 3: Wayne Fowler is the incumbent and has indicated he will run again. That seat is being contested by Mary Steele who has already advertised her intentions and Jan Coulter who is already campaigning.
District 4: Incumbent Paul McDonald said he will re-offer. To date there are no other known candidates.
District 5: Incumbent councillor is Tom Vitiello who said he will run again. Gregory Heming, who is already campaigning, will also seek the District 5 seat.
District 6: This seat is vacant but two Cornwallis residents, Alex Morrison and Beverly Sydenham are running and have been actively campaigning.
District 7: Burt McNeil, who won the seat in a bi-election in 2011, said he is re-offering. Timothy Habinski told The Spectator he will run aganst McNeil.
District 8: This is the seat held by Warden Reg Ritchie. He has publicly declared his intent to run for another term. There are no known candidates opposing him.
District 9: Frank Chipman is the current councillor and said he will run again. There are no opposing candidates.
District 10: Deputy Warden Martha Roberts holds this seat and will seek a second term. So far there are no candidates opposing her.
District 11: Ron Trimper is the incumbent and will seek re-election. To date he is unopposed.
Anyone who intends to run can contact The Spectator at firstname.lastname@example.org.