Bishop, Small to square off in Amherst mayor’s race

Darrell Cole
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Six elections in Municipality of Cumberland

There will be two candidates for mayor and nine candidates for town council in Amherst. The deadline for nominations for the Oct. 20 municipal election passed on Tuesday.

AMHERST – There will be a race for mayor in Amherst.

Former town councillor Wayne Bishop will face sitting mayor Robert Small for Amherst’s top elected position when voters cast ballots in the Oct. 20 municipal election.

Bishop, who served for several years on Amherst town council in the 1990s, has also been active with the Amherst Ramblers hockey club and Trinty-St. Stephen’s United Church and is a volunteer with Tantramar Community Radio.

Small, who was also a town councillor in the 1990s, was elected mayor in 2008, defeating longtime councillor Ed Chitty. Small has been active in minor hockey and the Amherst Lions Club and works at IMP Aerospace Components.

On the council side, five of the six incumbent councillors are reoffering, including George Baker, Robert Bird, Dale Fawthrop, Dave March and Terry Rhindress. Robert Angel announced a couple of months ago that he is retiring from municipal politics.

Joining them on the ballot are former ARHS principal Frank Balcom, retired town CAO Ed Childs, environmental writer Lisa Emery and Art Marks.

Incumbent David Myles and challenger Richard Allen are running for the town’s representative on the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.

There will be six elections in the Municipality of Cumberland.

Longtime councillor and former warden Gerald Read is facing competition from Don Smith, Marilyn Thompson and Edith Helm in District 1, while in District 3 Warden Keith Hunter is facing competition from Joe O’Byrne.

In District 5, former District 4 councillor Kathy Langille is running against Lynne Welton, the widow of longtime councillor and former warden Ralph Welton. Incumbent Kathy Redmond is facing a challenge from Bill Baker in District 6 while Dan Rector, Kelly Milner and former Oxford mayor Bill Park are running in District 7.

Incumbent John Reid is facing competition from Mike McLellan in District 9.

John Kellegrew in District 2, Al Gillis in District 4, Ernie Gilbert in District 8 and Ratchford Merriam in District 10 will be re-elected by acclamation.

Margie Nicholson is running in school board district four, Mackie Ross will be acclaimed in school district 2 and Adam Davies and Bernice Vance are running in school district 3.

In Springhill, incumbent mayor Allen Dill will face competition from Max Snow and David Wyatt.

On council, Doug Dobson and Jack MacDonald are seeking re-election, while Lance Lockwood, Harold Delaney and Darrell White are running for the four council seats.

Lloyd Jenkins is seeking re-election as mayor of Oxford, but faces competition from Trish Stewart and Arnold MacDonald.

Wade Adshade, Paul Jones, Peter Swan and Dawn Thompson are seeking re-election to council while Allison Draper, Darlene Ellis, Tom Kay, Barry Patriquin, Wendy Turpin and Patricia Weatherbee are also running.

Lois Smith has been re-elected Parrsboro’s mayor by acclamation. Incumbents Lisa Ward, Dawn McCully and David Harrison are seeking re-election, while Robert Fancy, Lloyd Smith, Ronald Shaw, Betty Atkinson and Lyle Yorke are also running.

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Recent comments

  • Honest Ed
    September 13, 2012 - 08:00

    Mayor Small will certainly be re-elected. He has created some wonderful changes here in Amherst and in all of Cumberland County. It was time for a change in Amherst, a beautiful new downtown, new festivals and events, economic growth, etc- I will be voting to support Mr. Small and further positive changes for Amherst!!!

  • Concerned
    September 13, 2012 - 07:27

    Very good to see Mr. Bishop challenging for the Mayor's role. There have been some interesting moves made by the Town administration over the past few years however I feel these have been more elitist than people oriented and in the end really are quite superficial. Also Mr. Myles being challenged for the School Board role is welcome as the whole process for moving forward with the new Elementary school for West Amherst has been a cartoon and the only common-sense involved has been from the Provincial Government.

  • "Small" Improvement
    September 12, 2012 - 11:19

    This is some good news! Small made everything sounds good when he was elected in. He has done some "small" improvements, which is not good enough! I have known Wayne for a short time but from what I have seen this man is the real, honest, determined deal! Good luck Wayne! It's time for a change!!!

    • Small the real deal
      September 12, 2012 - 20:24

      I think Mr Small did plenty and should have the chance to complete what he set out to do. The town has never looked so good and you must realize it takes time for the major changes we're looking for. This town has a lot going for it and he's starting from the ground up. "way-to-go Mr Small"

  • Jack On The Rocks
    September 12, 2012 - 10:20

    Mr.Bishop had better enjoy his time with the Ramblers,because that's where he'll be spending most of it...not a chance at all...LOL

  • Scott B of Amherst
    September 12, 2012 - 08:56

    I am not sure which Mayor Small you are referring to but the one located in Amherst, NS has accomplished great things in his first four years and I am excited to see what he can do on his next term!

  • Vince Kennie of Northport
    September 12, 2012 - 08:31

    Great group of people trying out for the positions of councillors and county/district representatives. As far as the mayor's position goes, I have never met Mr Small, I do know Mr Wayne Bishop, through my association with the Amherst Junior A Rambler hockey team and find him honest, dedicated and a hard working individual, I would cast my vote his way, unfortunately I live outside the area that he is representing, I encourage others to vote for this man. "GO WAYNE GO"

  • Goodbye Mayor Small
    September 12, 2012 - 07:48

    Hopefully the new mayor will listen to the voice of the people! Looking forward to election time.

    • Reason
      September 13, 2012 - 08:42

      Are these the people who thought it made sense to subsidize one theatre group by 10's of thousands of dollars per year?