UPPER NAPPAN - County council will see a new representative elected for District 5 this month, although both candidates vying for the seat are more than familiar with municipal politics.
Longtime former councilor Kathy Langille is running against Lynne Welton, widow of veteran councilor and former warden Ralph Welton in the upcoming Oct. 20 election. Incumbent councilor Ron MacNutt has opted not to re-offer for the seat.
Langille served as the councilor for District 4 from 1994 to 2000, and again from 2004 to 2008, and said she was encouraged by some District 5 residents to offer for the seat.
"I grew up in Wallace Bay and have spent lots of time in the district so I am very familiar with the issues and needs that they have faced over the years," she said. "The 15 years experience I had on council has given me a thorough understanding and advantage in serving the residents over the next four years."
As the District 4 councillor, Langille said she was successful in getting Pugwash's streets repaved and obtained funding for the paving of the library parking lot. She was also active in waterfront development, obtaining the tourist bureau from the border and bringing the Bluenose II and HMCS Kingston to Pugwash.
"Some of the issues I would like to see addressed in District 5 include the wharf in Malagash, Blue Sea Park, roads and the Malagash Miners Musuem," she said. "In Wallace, projects would include a new fire hall, supporting the Wallace and Area Development Association's waterfront development project, the recreation park and the Wallace Elementary School."
A resident of Wallace Bridge, Welton also ran in the 2008 election, losing to MacNutt, who is supporting her this time.
"I learned a lot about the area and met many of the residents during my last campaign," said Welton. "It was a great way to get to know the community, and I'm pleased to have been welcomed by so many wonderful people."
Welton believes residents should be active in their community and has displayed her willingness by joining and working with many community organizations. She is currently a member of the Wallace and Area Development Association and the Remsheg Rug Hookers.
She is currently part of the WADA committee working on a business plan to save the local lighthouse and is a vocal opponent of fracking on the north shore and the wind farm proposed for the Gulf Shore area.
As a councillor, she hopes to support the local business community and make sure local organizations receive financial aid so the volunteers can continue the work they do.
She is also committed to seeing the fire service and volunteers receive appropriate new facilities and equipment required to protect what she said is a growing area.