Bob Gloade sought and got his third term as chief of the Millbrook First Nation, N.S.
Chief Gloade received 497 votes while his challenger, Barry Gloade, received 298 votes during an election held in Millbrook on Friday.
“I feel really good,” Chief Gloade said when reached by phone on Saturday.
“The election results were very positive,” he added.
Eight councillors were also re-elected during the February 26 election. They include:
- Alex Cope (342 votes)
- Barry Martin, Sr. (326 votes)
- Peter Gloade (323 votes)
- Chris Nasson (315 votes)
- Wark Markie (272 votes)
- Adrian Gloade (270 votes)
- Bryan Brooks (268 votes)
- Colin Bernard (263 votes)
Four new councillors were elected to council. They are:
- Lisa Marshall (395 votes)
- Stephen Marshall (300 votes)
- Michael (Mikey) Stephens (303 votes)
- Lloyd Johnson (255 votes)
Natasha Bernard, Gordon Johnson, Linda (Cookie) Maloney and Vernon Gloade failed to retain their seats on council for the upcoming new term.
Chief Gloade, 47, said there was an increase in votes in this band election. He attributed that to an increase in band membership and younger voters.
“There’s a larger, younger population that’s now becoming of age,” he said.
Once the newly elected chief and council take office on March 6, Chief Gloade said will begin to work on issues such as housing, creating employment opportunities and holding a referendum on a custom election code for Millbrook.
“The best alternative for us moving forward is to look at a longer term and something that gives us more structured guidelines for our election process,” he said.
“That’s something that we want to take to a referendum probably by late summer,” he added.
Millbrook First Nation is located near Truro, N.S. with satellite communities in Cole Harbour, Sheet Harbour and Beaver Dam.
Millbrook has a total of 1,800 band members. Approximately 1,300 band members were eligible to vote in the February 26 election.