Wildcat representatives fall short in recent Acadia First Nation election

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Deborah Robinson has retained her long-standing position as chief of the Acadia First Nation in the election held November 21.

Contender Todd Labrador, a member of the Wildcat First Nation Reserve in Queens County, fell short in his bid for the role, garnering 283 votes, 48 votes shy of incumbent Robinson’s 331 votes.

Robinson, who resides on the Yarmouth Reserve, has been chief since June 1987.

Acadia First Nation is a multi-generational Mi’kmaw Nation encompassing the southwestern regions of Nova Scotia and spanning counties from Yarmouth to Halifax. Included are six reserves – Yarmouth, Ponhook, Medway, Wildcat, Gold River, and Hammonds Plains. Additionally, Acadia First Nation has separate land holdings in Gardner’s Mill and Shelburne.

Nineteen candidates vied for the eight seats on the council during the election.

Wildcat representative Melissa Labrador, Labrador’s daughter, garnered 194 total votes, just short of earning a spot.

Seven of eight incumbent councilors were re-elected: Avis Johnson (352 votes); Rachael Falls (290 votes); Jeff Purdy (259 votes); Michael Paul (251 votes); Charmaine Stevens (245 votes); Andrew Francis (244 votes) and Tom Pictou (225 votes).

One new councilor joined the ranks - Natteal Battiste, who had 252 votes.

Polling stations were held in Yarmouth, Shelburne, Wildcat, Liverpool, Gold River and Halifax.

Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin