Estabrooks takes Sackvilles top job

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SACKVILLE - Pat Estabrooks will take over the reins of Sackville town council for the next four years, after handily defeating incumbent Mayor Jamie Smith in Monday night's municipal election.
After a nearly 10-year absence from the town's top post, Estabrooks was victorious in regaining the mayoralty with a 400-vote lead over Smith.
"I'm ecstatic," said Estabrooks on Tuesday morning. "I'm really pleased and I'm ready for the challenge."
In particular, she said she's satisfied with the new team she will be working with - "a little bit of the old with some new folks mixed in."
"I'm amazed how it worked out. We have some good strong people on there and it's going to be a great council."
Estabrooks previously served as Sackville mayor from 1992 to 1995 and then again in 1998 before stepping down in 1999 to take on the role of executive assistant for Tantramar MLA Peter Mesheau.
She said she promises a council that will be more accountable to the public as it tackles various issues over the next term.
"There's a lot of challenges and there's always things that will be controversial . . . but all of these people (on town council) have declared that they plan to have a more open council and lots of public input. That was one of the main planks in our platforms. So it will be up to the people to ensure that we do that."
The race for Sackville's eight council seats saw 20 candidates vying for the positions, with four incumbents returning and four new faces elected.
Newcomer Merrill Fullerton was the top vote-getter, bringing in 1,530 votes, while John Higham, also new to municipal politics, was a close second with 1,465. Rounding out the council team are incumbents Bob Berry, Bruce Phinney, Joyce O'Neil and Virgil Hammock, along with new candidates Margaret Tusz-King and Mike Tower.

Organizations: Sackville town council

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