OXFORD – Oxford residents will go to the polls on Saturday to fill a vacancy on town council.
Four candidates are seeking the council seat vacated by the resignation several weeks ago by Greg Wood, who had to step aside for personal reasons and work commitments.
David A. Clark is a pharmacist, who moved to town with his wife 20 years ago and purchased Henley’s Pharmacy in Oxford as well as Wardrope’s Pharmacy in Springhill. Both were purchased in 2002 by Pharmasave.
George Longard is well known in county music circles around the region. He and his wife retired to Oxford approximately six years ago after managing apartments for close to three decades.
This is the first time he has ever sought elected office.
Arnold MacDonald has run for mayor on two occasions and ran in last fall’s by election to fill an empty seat on council. That by election was won by Brenton Colborne.
The president of the Oxford branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, MacDonald is the legion’s deputy zone commander in Cumberland County. He has operated the town’s lone taxi company for several years and has also been active with the Knights of Pythias.
One of his goals is to assist in making the town’s arena viable.
Krystal Rushton, whose grandmother Rouie Rushton served on council for many years, works as a residential counselor at the Sunset Adult Residential Centre in Pugwash. She wants the town have its own blueberry harvest festival and would like to see Oxford’s strawberry festival grow.
Voters can cast ballots from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Oxford Fire Department on Waverly Street.
The advance poll is Nov. 21 from noon to 8 p.m. at Oxford town hall
The winner will join Mayor Trish Stewart and Colborne, Wade Adshade, Rick Draper, Tom Kay and Dawn Thompson on town council.