County considering electing mayor

Darrell Cole
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Vote to come at next meeting

UPPER NAPPAN - If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again.

Veteran councilor Ralph Welton is going to try again to change the way the Municipality of Cumberland elects its leader from that of a warden elected from council to a mayor elected at large by the voters of the county.

"I'm doing it again because I'm hoping some of my councillors may have had a change of heart in the last year," Welton said following council's October session on Wednesday. "I feel very strongly about the fact each voter should have the right to choose who their next leader is."

Welton has tried unsuccessfully in each of the last two years for the county to change the way it selects its leader. Last year, his motion was voted down by a margin of 6-4 with those councillors opposing the move asking why they need to fix a system that has worked for years.

Others also felt that the county's geographical size would make it hard for one person to run for the office because of the distance from Malagash to Advocate or from Tidnish to Parrsboro or Wentworth.

Welton isn't trying to change the system because of the sitting warden, who he supports, but because he feels a mayor at large, which is used in neighbouring Colchester County, is more democratic.

"In a true democracy everyone should have a say in who their elected official is," he said.

His proposal would result in the same number of councillors in addition to the mayor.

Welton has the support of Warden Keith Hunter.

"I will be voting in favour of the motion because everyone votes for councillors and all urban municipalities have elected mayors at large," Hunter said. "Colchester County is quite pleased with it. Why wouldn't a governing body have everyone elected at large?"

Hunter feels some of the opposition may surround the cost of adding another elected representative or because of fears that one area may end up with two elected representatives - a councillor and a mayor.

Geographic location: Cumberland, Colchester County, Parrsboro

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  • bob
    January 18, 2010 - 10:56

    The real question should not be about electing a warden , it should be about when is Nova Scotia going to abolish the antiquated county council levelr of government. How many layers does it take to govern a small province. Louis Robichaud had it right in N.B. 40 years ago when he abolished county councils and centralized government, to the benefit of all regions of the province.

  • william
    January 18, 2010 - 10:32

    to whom this concerns about bringing people over by the hundreds to canada from other countries to work here yes it is all right to bring a few but leave space for our young people that are growing up to have jobs to look foward to how stupid are the the people that run our goverment as long as there people have good jobs they don:t even think of our own poor people in canada