MacDonald wins by-election
By Lois Ann Dort
GUYSBOROUGH – District 1 residents in the Municipality of Guysborough have a new representative; former Chedabucto Education Centre Principal Miles MacDonald. The by-election, held on November 30 to fill the seat on council vacated by former MODG Warden and District 1 councillor Lloyd Hines upon his election as MLA for the Guysborough – Eastern Shore – Tracadie riding in the last provincial election, saw a voter turn out of 65 percent.
MacDonald spoke to The Journal on Sunday and said he was pleased with the results and congratulated Susanne Roy, the only other candidate running for the seat, on her campaign. “I was very pleased with the outcome and really pleased with the turn out for a by-election at this time of year. That is the most important thing-- that people exercised their right to vote...I take my hat off to Susanne for working hard, going out to see people, and knocking on doors. I am thankful that people put their confidence in me to represent them in council...I am honoured that they selected me and humbled by the fact that they selected me. I am ready to work and see what roll I can play serving in council.”
During the campaign MacDonald said the biggest issue on the doorstep was economic development; jobs. “The lack of job opportunities means we are losing our population. I want to focus on that and see what we can do at our level of government. Guysborough County is losing one of our most valuable resources, our young people, and we are not replenishing them. That is what I heard on the campaign trail-- I worked in the school and that really resonates for me. We are losing our kids and that is what we need to pay close attention to. The economic situation is not one that is sustainable,” he said noting that while he supports all the big economic development projects on the horizon his focus is specifically on small business.
Roy, who currently works in a small business in Guysborough and has formerly been a small business owner, told The Journal she was, “really pleased with the reception that I had and how everybody is committed to seeing this region prosper. I was honoured to have the chance to run. Miles and I got along well and I wish him all the best.”
“I may think about doing it again next time and I would recommend this experience to anybody. I am glad that I threw my name in the ring and thankful to all who helped me along the way-- the people that believed in me and supported me,” said Roy.
MacDonald will be sworn into office on Wednesday, December 4 at a special MODG council meeting.