Anne Kirk

New North Rustico council chair Anne Kirk believes the community will pull together after the election. (CBC)

Anne Kirk is the new chair of North Rustico community council, winning an election Monday over opponent Giles Gallant by just one vote.

North Rustico's last election was in November. Monday's election followed the mass resignation of council over a proposal to rezone a parcel of land to allow for condos and triplexes. More than half of the community's council resigned.

Kirk, one of three councillors left from the November election, took the vote 55-54.

"We have some new councillors, and fresh start, and we'll be ready to go," she said.

Runner up Giles Gallant said he had hoped he could bring some change and unite the community.

"There's still a lot of work to do in the community. and I feel that I could help solve some of the issues and work with the residents," said Gallant.

Kirk said despite the close vote she believes the community can come together.

"I think once voting is over, the people of the village here will definitely, definitely join together and work together very well," she said.

Both Kirk and Gallant said the high voter turnout is a good sign that the community is looking to put council's troubles in the past.

The council will serve only 18 months before the next election is held.