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Four candidates in running for vacant council seat in March 30 Middleton vote

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Four people are in the running for a vacant council seat in the Town of Middleton. The election is March 30. - Lawrence Powell

Four candidates are running for a lone council seat in Middleton left vacant by Brad Reid mid-way through his first term.

When nominations closed at 5 p.m. March 5, John Bartlett, Mark MacFadyen, Dan Smith, and Philip Townsend had filed papers with the returning officer.

Reid, who was elected in October of 2016 during province-wide municipal elections, moved outside town limits because of job requirements.

At its Jan. 21 meeting, Middleton town council set the election date for March 30.

Any of the four candidates can withdraw their names before 4 p.m. March 6, the day after nominations, according to provisions in the Municipal Elections Act. Because of that provision, the official list of candidates isn’t released until that date and time.

Nomination papers are available to be viewed by the public, but they cannot be duplicated.

The election will be conducted using electronic voting, the same way the town did in 2016.

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