WALLACE – There will be another vacancy on Cumberland municipal council after District 5 councillor Ron MacNutt announced he will not be reoffering in October’s election.
“I’m not able to commit the time I feel it deserves. To me, I believe it takes a tremendous amount of time to do the job properly and I can’t make that commitment going forward for the next four years,” MacNutt said.
MacNutt battled cancer earlier this year, and while he has recovered he said it helped him adjust his priorities.
“It’s not my health. I’ve decided there are some other things that are important to me and they’re going to require my attention and my time,” he said. “I just believe council is not something that should be your last priority. I felt it was time that someone who can make it their first priority be given the opportunity.”
First elected in 2008, MacNutt said he has enjoyed his time on council. He said the district has experienced steady growth and holds promise to the lead the municipality in new development.
“I will miss the challenge and satisfaction of being part of the process of bringing positive change and growth to our communities,” he said. “I hope to find a ay to continue to contribute, as I am able.”
During his time on council, MacNutt served on numerous boards and committees including the Wallace and Area Development Association, the Wallace and Area Museum Society, the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia and the Cumberland Senior Care Corporation (East Cumberland Lodge).