Nova Scotia

No competition in Municipality of Shelburne election

There are no election races in the Municipality of Shelburne because all seven council seats have been filled by acclamation.

All 7 council seats have been filled by acclamation, meaning there are no election races

David Levy at his horse farm outside Lockeport, N.S. (Pam Berman/CBC)

David Levy has spent $1,000 on campaign brochures he doesn't need. He's been acclaimed as the councillor for District 6 in the Municipality of Shelburne, N.S.

"I knocked on everybody's door for my first campaign," said Levy. "I didn't knock on any doors for this one."

In fact, no one in the municipality will cast a ballot in October's municipal elections because all seven council seats have been filled by acclamation. 

Only community without a race

It's the only community in Nova Scotia that won't have at least one race.

One councillor who decided not to re-offer has her own theory on why there are no races in the Shelburne area.

"I think it's because people are happy," said Cathy Holmes. "There are no burning issues."

Holmes points out that the tax rate has stayed the same for the past six years and most municipal projects have been completed.

Levy said rural communities in Nova Scotia are struggling with significant issues such as poor internet service and job creation. He thinks competition is necessary for the health of the community.

Competition 'healthier'

"Improvements come from the examination of competing ideas," said Levy. "That lack of examination is frightening."

Levy thinks the Municipality of the District Shelburne has to do a better job of reaching out to people who are capable.

It's a different story in the nearby Town of Shelburne — which is a separate community from the municipality — where there are three people running for mayor and nine people vying for four council seats.

Levy envies that scenario.

"I think it's healthier. I think it's a good thing," he said.


Pam Berman


Pam Berman is CBC Nova Scotia's municipal affairs reporter. She's been a journalist for almost 35 years and has covered Halifax regional council since 1997. That includes four municipal elections, 19 budgets and countless meetings. Story ideas can be sent to