Bridgetown to elect first mayor since fraud scandal
Posted: Sep 18, 2012 11:46 AM AT
Last Updated: Sep 18, 2012 12:56 PM AT
Some residents of Bridgetown, N.S., are anxiously excited about electing a new mayor and council this fall since the town has had an administration appointed by the province for the past 15 months.
The old council resigned en mass over ongoing financial issues. A financial audit of the town released in November said $113,200 in municipal funds was misappropriated.
Andy Kerr became President of the Bridgetown and Area Chamber of Commerce Society a couple of days before the mayor and council quit and has watched as the four provincial appointees straightened out the books.
"They were seen helping out as volunteers, they endeared themselves to the town," he said.
Kerr calls them the "dream team" and said he's anxious about replacing them this fall.
Two people, new to politics, are running for mayor in Bridgetown.
Horace Hurlburt recently moved to Bridgetown after working for almost 40 years in the foreign service.
Nancy McGrath is a retired schoolteacher who returned to the town from Ontario ten years ago.
Two former councillors are running along with four newcomers.
Kerr said he's happy with the mix of candidates.
"It was time for probably a good balance of old and new."
But he said the "dream team" has given whoever is elected big shoes to fill.
"It's the next council's set of books to mess up. They've got everything put in place for them and everyone hopes they'll take advantage of it."
Kerr said the town needs a high voter turn out to get the new council off to a good start.
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