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2020 Municipal Elections

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ELECTIONS 2020
ORDINARY POLL DAY - OCTOBER 17, 2020
ELECTION BY ELECTRONIC VOTING ONLY
(TELEPHONE OR INTERNET)

 
Deadline for interested individuals to file nomination papers to run in any election (Mayor/Council/CSAP School Board South Shore Region) has come to a close.  The deadline was 5:00 PM today (Tuesday, September 8, 2020).  As a result of the papers filed, the following are the positions acclaimed and the category for which there will be an election.

The office of MAYOR has been ACCLAIMED by David MITCHELL.

The one (1) position for CONSEIL SCOLAIRE ACADIEN PROVINCIAL (CSAP) member of the South Shore Region has been ACCLAIMED BY Diane RACETTE.

ELECTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE FOR THE 6 COUNCIL POSITIONS.  When voting, an elector can vote for UP TO 6. Meaning, an elector can vote for 1 individual up to 6 individuals.  Candidates are:

CANDIDATES FOR COUNCIL
(LISTED BASED ON LAST NAME AND HOW THEY APPEAR ON THE BALLOT)                           


ERIN CARR

  Eric Carr

Q. What’s your full name?
Erin Jennifer CARR (née Oickle)

Q. Where are you from?
I was born here in Bridgewater and grew up in Dayspring.

Q. What did you do before you decided to run for office?
I worked as a marine geologist in HRM for over a decade and am currently a radio advertising consultant here in Bridgewater.

Q. Why have you chosen to run in this election campaign?
After attending council meetings regularly for the past two years, I became familiar with the issues facing our Town, and became invested in our community. I joined the Canada Day committee, the Museum Commission at the DesBrisay, and the Board of Directors for SHAID.

I want to represent the interests of the residents of Bridgewater as we navigate through the issues, challenges, and opportunities that are presented to us. I believe in the direction Bridgewater is going, and I want to ensure it continues to grow into the thriving town I believe it can be.

Q. What strengths would you bring to council if you are elected?
I have experience serving the town on the Museum Commission and the Canada Day Committee, and I understand municipal government. I work hard, and I like to be busy and productive. I’m analytical and process-oriented, and I will bring a fresh perspective. I have an earth science background and the health of our river and environment is important to me. I have experience working with young families and seniors and I am familiar with the challenges facing both groups. I believe these strengths will enable me to be an effective councillor for the Town of Bridgewater, and will allow me to help create a safe, healthy, inclusive, and exciting community.

Q. What do you see as the biggest strength/asset of the community/region and what measures would you take to capitalize on them?
I believe Bridgewater’s greatest strength is the people who live, work, and play here. We have a wonderful community filled with creative, driven people who want the best for their families, and who work together to achieve that. Bridgewater has proven its ability to be engaged with the community. I can’t wait to continue that community engagement and create a town that is based on the needs and wants of the people who live here.

Bridgewater is the complete package; providing shops, services, food and entertainment for many people all along the South Shore, which speaks volumes about the quality of the amenities we have here in Bridgewater. This makes our town very attractive to young professionals, young families, and developers. The recent growth of our downtown is proof of that and continuing to market our town in this way will increase that growth.

Q. What do you feel is the key challenge facing the community/region and how would you work to address it?
We all want to welcome more people, families, businesses, and services to Bridgewater, but Bridgewater’s biggest challenge is the limitations on our growth and development imposed by our aging wastewater infrastructure. The capacity of our wastewater system places a cap on our growth, and I will ensure that wastewater infrastructure upgrades remain at the top of the town’s investments and priorities so that we can continue to welcome a wide range of developers to broaden our housing market and services, and improve the health of our river at the same time.

Q. What one message do you hope gets out to the voters during this election campaign?
Although I have my own opinions and priorities, I recognize that my primary role as councillor is to represent YOU, the residents of Bridgewater. I pledge to advocate for you, to be accessible and available to you, to be responsible with your tax dollars, and to invest in making Bridgewater the best community for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Q. How can people contact you? (phone/email/website)
Phone/Text: 902 888 9863
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Facebook: @ErinCarrCouncil

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STACEY COLWELL

Stacey Colwell  

Q. What’s your full name?
Stacey COLWELL

Q. Where are you from?
I grew up in Bridgewater 

Q. What did you do before you decided to run for office?
Journalism is my career. I’m also a proud married father of two teenagers and an active volunteer.

Q. Why have you chosen to run in this election campaign?
I’ve had a number of people encourage me to run. In addition, I’ve always been engaged in municipal politics, both personally and for many years professionally as a reporter. Primarily, though, I’m just invested in the town: I grew up here, I’m raising my family here, my wife and I established careers here, and we plan to retire here. So I want to see this community thrive and I think I can help make that happen.

Q. What strengths would you bring to council if you are elected?
I think my extensive experience writing about the town has given me insight into the way our municipal government functions as well as a thorough understanding of the local issues facing council. I’ll also utilize my journalism background to communicate with constituents about the news happening in town and with their local government.

Q. What do you see as the biggest strength/asset of the community/region and what measures would you take to capitalize on them?
The strengths of the area include its people; it’s safety; progressive leadership; an internationally-recognized sustainable community; a growing population; being the regional hub for business; housing diversity; services such as a regional hospital, schools from elementary to college, parks and a theatre; public transportation; the presence of major employers such as Michelin; and its proximity to the LaHave River, beaches, a National Park, and a world-class class city. All of these assets can be used to attract more doctors and young families to the area.

Q. What do you feel is the key challenge facing the community/region and how would you work to address it?
The primary challenges would be finding a way to enhance services without raising taxes, or even reduce them, and for council to continue it’s efforts to revive the downtown and drive economic growth. We will need to carefully prioritize our spending at budget time to make this happen. I have some platform issues I’ll reveal over the coming weeks of the campaign, but primarily, I’m not running with an agenda. I want to know what constituents want done, and those will be my priorities.

Q. What one message do you hope gets out to the voters during this election campaign?
I’ll serve with integrity, be responsive and listen to the concerns of constituents, make informed and thoughtful decisions, be fiscally responsible with taxpayer money, and always put the interests of the town my top priority.

Q. How can people contact you? (phone/email/website)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on Facebook at Colwell for Council

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MIKE CONKLIN

Mike Conklin

Q. What’s your full name?
Mike CONKLIN

Q. Where are you from?
I have been living and working in Bridgewater for the past 25 years.

Q. What did you do before you decided to run for office?
My work history includes both financial services and entrepreneurship for the past 25 years.  I worked in the financial services industry for 15 years, where I held several senior management positions at a local bank.  Currently, I am self-employed as a consultant in the sports and music entertainment industries. 

Outside of work, I have had the privilege to be a volunteer for the local business community.  I am a former Vice President of the Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce and former Chair of their Business Advocacy Committee.  I have also been volunteering in various capacities with Bridgewater youth for over 20 years.  I worked with the Big Brothers program, where I enjoyed being an In School Mentor for a couple of years at Bridgewater Elementary School.  I have been a minor hockey coach in Bridgewater for 9 years, as well as a hockey coach for Bridgewater Jr/Sr High School for 5 years.  I was the President of South Shore Minor Hockey Association for 6 years, and I am currently in my 2nd year as President of the South Shore Mustangs U18 Major Hockey Club. 

Q. Why have you chosen to run in this election campaign?
I like where our beautiful town of Bridgewater is headed.  There has been a lot of progress made in our community over the past several years and I feel that the time is right for me to get more involved and to help keep the momentum moving forward.  Bridgewater is a great place to live and work and I want to help the success continue.

Q. What strengths would you bring to council if you are elected?
I feel that I have a great combination of work and volunteer experience to provide me with the skills to serve the people of Bridgewater.  More specifically, my strong background in banking / financial services and my successful track record in community leadership are strengths that will help me succeed in working with council to achieve its goals.

Q. What do you see as the biggest strength/asset of the community/region and what measures would you take to capitalize on them?
Hands down, I feel that Bridgewater’s biggest asset is the people who live here!  Our community is made up of friendly, family-oriented and hard working citizens.  We are a very diverse and progressive population and that has contributed to the success of Bridgewater.  Our town should continue to develop and improve our community in order to keep up with the demands and expectations of our people. Priorities should include keeping our town safe, improving our infrastructure and improving the town’s great services without increasing the burden on the taxpayers.

Q. What do you feel is the key challenge facing the community/region and how would you work to address it?
The key challenge for Bridgewater is infrastructure maintenance and repair. I would address the infrastructure issues by working with the provincial and federal government to acquire funding for various projects in our town. There are other infrastructure challenges that will need to be addressed on a local level.

Q. What one message do you hope gets out to the voters during this election campaign?
I hope the voters recognize that I am a hard-working, responsible person who has been an active member in the community of Bridgewater for 25 years. I am here to listen. It is the people of Bridgewater that make our community special and I look forward to representing you on the Town Council.

Q. How can people contact you? (phone/email/website)
cell:  902-523-0523
email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
web:  https://www.facebook.com/Conklin4Council

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CHERYL FOUGERE

Cheryl Fougere

Q. What’s your full name?
Cheryl FOUGERE

Q. Where are you from?
I grew up in Liverpool, Queens County and I have lived in Bridgewater with my family for the last 23 years.

Q. What did you do before you decided to run for office?
I worked in the financial services industry and travel business. When my children were younger, I chose to stay home with them. I became an active volunteer in the school community and town.

Q Why have you chosen to run in this election campaign?
I am very passionate about our community and have chosen to re-offer for this election. Bridgewater is thriving in many aspects and I want to continue the positive momentum in our community. I have a keen interest in what is happening in town; from Smart Cities Challenge win last spring; to revitalizing King Street with new developments and the future interchange at Exit 12A are a few of the main highlights for me.

Q. What strengths would you bring to council if you are elected?
I know the importance of fiscal responsibility and being accountable to the constituents of Bridgewater. I enjoy open communication, listening to the residents and bringing forward their ideas and concerns. I value community stakeholder relationships and know that we all must work together for the well-being and safety of our residents. I am committed to working hard for our community and have a positive outlook for the future of Bridgewater.

Q. What do you see as the biggest strength/asset of the community/region and what measures would you take to capitalize on them?
Bridgewater’s strengths include its friendly people; leadership role in sustainability on all levels – provincial, national and international level; shopping destination of the South Shore; population growth; voted best place to raise a family in Atlantic Canada. Our community has a tremendous amount of services and facilities to offer all ages such as recreational services, schools, public transit, parks, trails, and a regional hospital. These services help attract new businesses and professional workers along with their families to relocate to the community.

Q. What do you feel is the key challenge facing the community/region and how would you work to address it?
A key challenge that our town is facing is our aging infrastructure -the wastewater system in particular. Government regulations are requiring municipalities to have an action plan in place to minimize overflows to help mitigate the risks. It is important to ensure that fair funding models with both provincial and federal governments to aid municipalities with the financial costs.

Q. What one message do you hope gets out to the voters during this election campaign?
Although we are all experiencing unprecedent times due to COVID 19, I remain optimistic for the future of Bridgewater. I will serve Bridgewater with integrity, be accountable, fiscally responsible and be your voice at Council. Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions. I would appreciate hearing from you.

Q. How can people contact you? (phone/email/website)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cell/ Text 902-523-4186

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 CHAD FRITTENBURG

Chad Frittenburg

Q. What’s your full name?
Chad FRITTENBURG

Q. Where are you from?
Bridgewater

Q. What did you do before you decided to run for office?
I am a Jr. High Science teacher and long time volunteer.

Q. Why have you chosen to run in this election campaign?
I have a passion for public service and I am looking for a new challenge. Based on previous experiences in a variety of volunteer committee settings, I believe that I can contribute to Town Council in a positive way and bring a hometown perspective. I was born and raised in Bridgewater. Except for the few years away to attend university, I have lived my entire life in Bridgewater. I look forward to the opportunity to use my experiences as a long time resident of Bridgewater to represent and serve our community.

Q. What strengths would you bring to council if you are elected?
I am an approachable and open-minded individual who believes in a community that is safe, inclusive, and healthy for all residents. I have a creative mind and can see the potential that Bridgewater has to offer with so many opportunities for development in business and recreation.

As a result of my life-long experiences working with youth, I have a particular interest in representing this population of our town- a population that can sometimes be underrepresented across all socioeconomic gradients. I would consider my ability to connect and engage with this population as an asset.

Q. What do you see as the biggest strength/asset of the community/region and what measures would you take to capitalize on them?
Since my decision to run for Town Council, I have already heard from many residents of Bridgewater. It is their opinion, as it is mine, that the community itself is our greatest asset. We have a wonderful community of diverse individuals of all ages. We are a beautifully located town and, as one resident told me, “not too big-not too small”. Our population comes from a diverse background of culture, industry, and life experience.

With all of this diversity comes great potential and opportunity. Over the last several years, I feel we have seen the beginning of this and I am excited to see where the next several years can take us. It is an exciting time to live in Bridgewater and I am proud to be a part of it in whatever capacity that may be.

Q. What do you feel is the key challenge facing the community/region and how would you work to address it?
I believe the key challenge that is facing our town is the health and wellness of our community and environment.

Ensuring that equal opportunities exist for our residents across all ages and socioeconomic status is key to creating a healthy, happy, and safe community. This can include focusing on employment, recreation, and residential opportunities.
As a lifelong resident of Bridgewater, I am personally invested in creating a community that our residents can comfortably and safely grow with through their years. This includes ensuring that a variety of residential, business, transportation, and recreation opportunities are available, affordable, and easily accessible.

The focal point of our town is the LaHave River. We need to make it a priority to make the river a safe place where we can celebrate our town through recreation. Continued focus on the environmental health of the river is key.

Q. What one message do you hope gets out to the voters during this election campaign?
My main message would be to encourage all residents to vote! No matter whom you vote for, please vote. As you consider who to vote for please know that I will represent Bridgewater in a positive manner. I am looking forward to the challenge of trying something new. I will seriously consider the concerns of our residents and we will work together towards solutions.

Q. How can people contact you? (phone/email/website)
I can be reached through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: https://sites.google.com/gnspes.ca/just-vote-chad/home

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SANDRA MADER

Sandra Mader

Q. What’s your full name?
Sandra Lynn MADER

Q. Where are you from?
I was born in Montreal in 1956, moved to Halifax in 1959, then Lunenburg from 1961 to 1974. I attended Dalhousie University in Halifax for my Bachelors and then moved to Bridgewater in 1976. I lived in Town until 1991 and at Fancy Lake until 2019, when I moved back to Town.

Q. What did you do before you decided to run for office?
From 1975 until 2013, I was one of the owners of the business that developed Eisenhauer Place and LaHave Heights. As Vice President of this company, I administered its sales and leasing operations under the name of the Home Centre on North Street. In 2011, I returned to Dalhousie and received my Masters in Health Administration. Since that time, I have travelled and dabbled in the stock market.

Q. Why have you chosen to run in this election campaign?
I have always had a deep interest in local politics. I have always wanted to run for Council. Over the years, I have made many presentations to Council, particularly regarding zoning and land use. My experience in land and community development along with my education in administration have given me the skills and perspective to help improve the finances, health, security and quality of life for all who live and work in Bridgewater. My experience in volunteering has given me a much broader perspective in addition to my business sense.

Q. What strengths would you bring to council if you are elected?
At 64, I have been a Town resident for a number of years. I have watched Bridgewater evolve into the thriving Town that it is. I see progress as a process that Council should encourage and support, while understanding that with limited resources, priorities have to be made. I believe I can bring a fair balance to the setting of these goals, with the view of bringing the greatest benefit to the most people. My education and background have given me administrative strengths, including community management, financial acuity and an ability to plan for the long run.

Q. What do you see as the biggest strength/asset of the community/region and what measures would you take to capitalize on them?
As Town Councillor, I would work to capitalize on the following:
The Town is the commercial and retail hub for its surrounding ‘tourist’ destinations and Lunenburg County. I would work collaboratively with our neighboring communities to ensure we are all pulling together to develop and support the entire area.Bridgewater has a long history that has been shaped by its proximity to the LaHave River. These natural attributes, highlighting the river, can be even a greater strength when highlighted and developed by Council.

I would work in concert with community partners to ensure that our traditions and beautiful surroundings are promoted and appreciated.

Bridgewater has seen much growth these past few years.  These new residents are to be embraced as an asset for our community.

Continuing to ensure that Bridgewater has the infrastructure to support more growth is a strength to build on.

Q. What do you feel is the key challenge facing the community/region and how would you work to address it?
I would work to address:
Upgrading and developing modern infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing population.I would use my skills to ensure that funding is earmarked in annual budgets so that longer term projects go from the planning stages and into the completing phases.

There are some road bottlenecks in Town. Ssolutions have long been on the books of Town without the necessary actions taken. for example, I would work towards getting the congestion at the North St./Aberdeen intersection rectified but with some lights and turning lanes on alternate routes to keep traffic moving at all times.  This key artery to health care must be fairly open.

 The Town needs to have its ‘spirit’ clearly defined so that residents feel included and considered in Town business.

 I would work to develop and model the ‘spirit’ of the Town, to be more inspiring to all who live here.

Q. What one message do you hope gets out to the voters during this election campaign?
My main message is that we all have a civic duty to do all we can to ensure our community remains vibrant, resilient, SMART,  caring and properly planned and managed for the long term.

Council decides priorities with a view to minimizing taxes and maximizing value.  This process must be done as a team, openly and intelligently.  Council decides which strategies to follow, which impact the lives of developers and businesses along with residents.

This is a very important election because it sets the tone for the Town’s growth for the next four years. Also, our Town must be kept safe. I encourage everyone to take an interest in what the candidates are saying about why they are asking for your vote and why each of us believes we can add our voice to the table to make Bridgewater the best place to live! I am asking for your vote.

Q. How can people contact you? (phone/email/website) 
Phone 902-521-2607
Email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Face Book : Vote Sandra Mader for Bridgewater Town Council

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 JENNIFER MCDONALD

Jennifer McDonald

Q. What’s your full name? 
 Jennifer McDONALD

Q. Where are you from?
I was fortunate to have grown up in Bridgewater with neighbors who watched out for my sister and I, a pack of kids to ride bikes with around the neighborhood, and parks and playgrounds within walking distance. I moved away for a few years but chose to come home so that my kids could enjoy the same sense of community that I grew up with. 

Q. What did you do before you decided to run for office? 
I’m a Financial Services Officer at the LaHave River Credit Union. The world of banking can be very demanding, but I’m fortunate to work in an environment that is focused on the community and very supportive of their employees giving back. The work I do helps me to understand finances, planning and debt management while also providing some perspective on the real estate market, and some of the challenges and opportunities within our community. 

Q. Why have you chosen to run in this election campaign?
Eight years ago during a community consultation process, I heard that we lacked a sense of identity. People were quick to talk badly of their hometown and didn’t seem to feel connected or rooted to the community. Today, I am proud that Bridgewater is developing an identity as a progressive community with a focus on sustainability. There is a new energy emerging with new developments, projects and festivities throughout town and a sense of pride. The conversations are changing and I’m proud of what we have accomplished. The groundwork has been laid for much more to come. It will take a willingness to dive into difficult and uncomfortable issues, careful planning and strategic decision making to get there. There will be hard work and tough decisions to be made and I’m prepared for the job. I want to make sure the community is heard as we move through this transformation and that everyone feels connected and part of the excitement. 

Q. What strengths would you bring to council if you are elected?
One of the most important things that I bring to the table is genuine passion for our community. I’m deeply proud of Bridgewater and excited for the future. I also bring professional experience in the finance industry and experience serving the community on various committees.  I enjoy getting out and chatting with people to keep the lines of communication open. The learning curve is steep and I still have a lot to learn but I’m excited to do so while relying on some of the experience and knowledge I’ve developed to make sound decisions for the future of Bridgewater. 

Q. What do you see as the biggest strength/asset of the community/region and what measures would you take to capitalize on them? 
The new interchange is and asset that deserves careful planning and attention to ensure we maximize the huge potential it presents. The taxpayers have made a significant investment in this project and it is Council’s responsibility to achieve the greatest return on that investment possible. It’s important that we plan carefully for the long game. Community consultation will be important in determining what the community’s vision for this area of town looks like. With the commute to and from Halifax shortened by highway twinning and the direct link and visibility created by the interchange, Bridgewater is in a very positive position moving forward. While the interchange may be one of our more important assets at the moment, our people are our strength. Our residents are welcoming, hard-working, creative, and are one of our greatest strengths in attracting employers, developers and new neighbours. 

Q. What do you feel is the key challenge facing the community/region and how would you work to address it?
We are facing some significant infrastructure challenges that are not uncommon across the Country. We have developed excellent relationships with other Municipalities which presents the opportunity to draw upon their expertise and work toward solutions. We have made a number of strategic investments over the last few years and as a result we are one of very few communities to have been experiencing population growth. To ensure that momentum continues, we will need to look to other levels of Government for support to ensure the infrastructure needed to sustain continued growth is in place while we continue to manage the debt load. The Smart Cities Challenge has proven that big challenges call for bold, progressive responses and we have shown that we have the ability to meet the challenge. This issue will be no different and I am confident that we will find the solution and create opportunity along the way. 

Q. What one message do you hope gets out to the voters during this election campaign?
Your voice shapes this community. If you have a great idea, I want to support you in making it happen. If you are building a deck on your house and find the permit process cumbersome, I want to know so we can brainstorm changes. If you have a solution to a problem, I want to take it to the right people. If you have an opinion, I want to hear it and share it with staff and Council. If you feel uninformed on a matter, I want to meet you for coffee to chat about it and how we could have better communicated. The power to make change is in the hands of the 8,000 + residents of Bridgewater and your vote selects the 6 people that you think will best represent you and lead the community to a future that you can be excited about.  

Q. How can people contact you? (phone/email/website)
I’d love to hear from anyone who has questions and ideas or who would like to chat.
I can be reached by text or phone at 902-529-0574,
email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can find me on Facebook. 

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ANDREW TANNER

Andrew Tanner

Q. What’s your full name?
Andrew TANNER

Q. Where are you from?
Bridgewater

Q. What did you do before you decided to run for office?
I was Vice President for a global software company and since 2016. I’ve been in the craft beer business in NS, as a partner in Mahone Bay Brewing Company (Saltbox, King Street Beer and Lightship).    If elected, this would be my third term.

Q. Why have you chosen to run in this election campaign?
If elected, this would be my 3rd term.    My first term was a real learning experience, my second a very active and enjoyable term transforming Bridgewater into a real urban centre, with so many new projects and deliverables for residents.    This coming term, will be another exciting chapter for Bridgewater, as the downtown continues to transform, Exit 12A and associated development is launched and major infrastructure renewal projects get underway.  

Q. What strengths would you bring to council if you are elected?
I bring experience around the Council table and within the various committees and boards I have served.    I bring business acumen that translates well to the challenges and opportunities that Bridgewater faces.   I also bring a keen awareness of the demographic of our town and region and that we need to consider everyone, when making critical decisions.

Q. What do you see as the biggest strength/asset of the community/region and what measures would you take to capitalize on them?
Bridgewater’s growth is unprecedented.   Our proximity to HRM, our versatile workforce and our abundance of natural, cultural and sporting assets make Bridgewater a very desirable place to call home.   As we have learned through Covid, urban centres like Bridgewater are attracting more and more people and businesses who want to live and setup in our safe community.   We need to manage this growth carefully through infrastructure planning. 

Q. What do you feel is the key challenge facing the community/region and how would you work to address it?
By far it is infrastructure repair, replacement and review.   We need appropriate funding to manage upgrades and this will need to be a priority for our Provincial and Federal governments.   Bridgewater needs to be top of mind and needs to be fighting for this funding.   I will do that.

Q. What one message do you hope gets out to the voters during this election campaign?
Experience and understanding what can be accomplished, what is manageable within municipal regulations and how best to achieve this is going to be key.   I have those qualities and understanding the complete process.

Q. How can people contact you? (phone/email/website)    
As always, I can be reached day or night via email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and via cell 902-529-0081.

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WAYNE THORBURNE

Wayne Thorburne

Q. What’s your full name?
Wayne Stephen THORBURNE

Q. Where are you from?
I was born in Shelburne but have been in the Bridgewater area since 1975 with work, specifically residing in the town of Bridgewater since 1980.

Q. What did you do before you decided to run for office?
My first job was as a bookkeeper, but my career path and passion has been with the Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Company starting as a linesman and working my way up to associate engineer and service manager here on the South Shore.

Besides my paid career path, I firmly believe in giving back to the community in which I live.  I have a strong 40-year record of supporting our community since moving here in 1980.  I have served as a Bridgewater volunteer firefighter for 40 years, with the last 8 years having the honor of serving as Fire Chief.  I have been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #24 serving Bridgewater and Area, and I am proud to be the President three years running now.

I have had the pleasure of other great opportunities to support our community.  Just a few to mention include as chair of the Finance Committee for the 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge we had the pleasure to host, and as the Chair of the Finance Committee for the 2018 Canadian Midget Hockey Cup.  I will also be serving as the Administration and Finance Chair for the Canadian Tire Para Cup being held here in Bridgewater at our LCLC in 2021.

Q. Why have you chosen to run in this election campaign?
I am excited to reoffer for a third term on council because the next 4 years will establish our path for the future and sustainability for our town.  Some core issues we are managing include the new exit 12A interchange, reconfiguring the Busines Park, completing the 2018 Sanitary and Stormwater Master Plan to eliminate the overflows into the Lahave River as well as financial challenges to overcome.  We must continue our focus to ensure access to affordable housing and address energy issues facing those of our residents who live at or near the poverty level.

Q. What strengths would you bring to council if you are elected? 
With my corporate, municipal, and volunteering managerial experience I have the skills to reflect the needs of the community.   Financial responsibility and asset management is key, and we must be accountable for Council decisions. I take the time to research issues to support my role as councillor and the work I do on subcommittees. I serve on a provincial committee responsible for reviewing the Fire Service in Nova Scotia. 

What I enjoy most as a Councillor is the interaction with those residents that we serve. Some issues are solved that same day, others take time and meetings to find that reasonable conclusion.

Q. What do you see as the biggest strength/asset of the community/region and what measures would you take to capitalize on them?
Bridgewater’s proximity to Halifax and the changes to our access highway, mean that Bridgewater is becoming the choice for families to live and grow.  Our town has so many jewels to be proud of such as the LCLC, The DesBrisay Museum and the Wile Carding Mill, the outdoor pool and many parks and trails including the Veterans Memorial Park.  Having small parks spread out throughout our community ensures all residents have access to enjoy our beautiful town and the benefits of being outdoors. 

The transit bus has proven highly successful to many who want to travel throughout our town for appointments, shopping or just a relaxing hour.

The recent release of our iBridgewater app for residents and visitors to have access to information about our town at their fingertips is just an example of our progression in promoting the town of Bridgewater.

Q. What do you feel is the key challenge facing the community/region and how would you work to address it?
Planning and scheduling are critical in all aspects of the services we provide to the community.  We must continue to provide a high level of services to our residents while focussing on the commitments we have already made such as storm and wastewater issues and the development of our town.    The opening of land for the Exit 12A Interchange will require water, sewer, wastewater, fire hydrants and other services to be installed during the construction.  These are critical but will pay for themselves once development proceeds after construction is complete. 

It is exciting to see King Street is starting to grow, and the façade program is being used by existing businesses for a new and improved look.   We do have to invest money in the North Parkade so it can continue to service the downtown parking needs for the future. 

Q. What one message do you hope gets out to the voters during this election campaign? 
I truly believe in the inclusion of all citizens regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, age or social status. We all have the desire for a community where we can live and grow together.  Everyone in this town deserves a voice, and I encourage all eligible voters to vote.  If not voting for me then please select the candidate of your choice as we have strong candidates to represent you for the next 4 years.

It is unfortunate that we will not be able to go out in the community door to door and meet with our residents.   In past elections, it was an opportunity to hear from those residents I normally would not see day to day.  Our new method of voting is required but I understand this changes the ability of residents to cast their paper ballots and for me be in the community to engage with fellow citizens.

Q. How can people contact you? (phone/email/website)       
Home: (902) 543-7771
Cell: (902) 527-8138
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ERIC WADE

Eric Wade

Q. What’s your full name?
Eric WADE

Q. Where are you from?
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Q. What did you do before you decided to run for office?
Before running for office I led Business Development for Kangaroo Rewards and prior to that I spent four years as a senior Flight Attendant at WestJet Encore but locally some will recognize me as a NSCC student, a carpenter/painter, a bartender, cyclist and community member.

Q. Why have you chosen to run in this election campaign?
Running as Town Councillor for me is about giving back to you, the people of Bridgewater, who have raised me and seen me grow. I want to provide my hometown with a fresh voice, a familiar face and a way to Move Bridgewater Forward. I have always looked at Bridgewater as my anchor point throughout my travels. This allows me to bring some of the best ideas from abroad right here to our Home on the South Shore.

Q. What strengths would you bring to council if you are elected? 
Drawing from my experience with WestJet, I gather from the core values of the company, such as; acting like an owner, caring from the heart, rising to any challenge and working together to win.
As a member of Fintech Cadence and leading Business Development for Kangaroo Rewards, I learned the importance of using decisions driven by data, finding creative solutions to accomplish any task, the power of loyalty and realizing the return on investment for the long term.

Q. What do you see as the biggest strength/asset of the community/region and what measures would you take to capitalize on them?
The greatest asset in the town of Bridgewater are its people. The people of the community are known for being hardworking, creative and friendly. Thriving through trying times and coming up with unique solutions all with a warm and caring smile, Bridgewater’s people will play a pivotal role in creating a prosperous future.
From small and medium sized business owners to the large employers in the region, Bridgewater has the foundation to attract and create a thriving downtown, great workplaces and an enjoyable quality of life. The people here are why I believe that this can be done.

Q. What do you feel is the key challenge facing the community/region and how would you work to address it?
Bridgewater faces the unique challenge of managing growth. While many other towns and cities across the country are on the decline, Bridgewater is growing at almost 4% growth rate. This challenge poses growing pains as the town moves forward and balances the needs of today with smart investments for the future and being able to adjust as required along the way.
To address this I want our council to look at how other communities have overcome this challenge and thrived. This involves looking at what investments would be feasible for Bridgewater and using data to increase the town's efficiency.

Q. What one message do you hope gets out to the voters during this election campaign? 
Vote with the town's future in mind, imagine what can be accomplished to benefit our community in the long term and how we can Move Bridgewater Forward. We’re able to plan for the future of our town and do so while remaining fiscally responsible. Thank you to all the residents of the Town of Bridgewater for creating a great place to live, do business and grow up in. Good luck to my fellow Council Nominees and I wish you all the best.

Q. How can people contact you? (phone/email/website)
The best way for people to reach me is by phone at 902-521-6242,
email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
on social media through Facebook at Eric Wade for Bridgewater Town Council or on Instagram as where's.wade .

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Electronic Voting for the Town of Bridgewater will take place from Thursday, October 8, 2020 (start: 8:00 a.m.) until the close of the polls at 7:00 p.m. on ordinary polling day (Saturday, October 17, 2020). This equates to 10 days of voting opportunity anytime/anywhere between the hours of when the voting site is OPEN and the voting site is CLOSED.

 

RETURNING OFFICER
Amanda SHUPE
Executive Assistant to CAO/Returning Officer
Town Hall
60 Pleasant Street, Bridgewater
(t) 902.541.4389
(f) 902.543.6876
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  REVISING OFFICER
Sandra PORTER LOWE
Executive Assistant to Mayor/Council
Town Hall
60 Pleasant Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 3X9
(t) 902.541.4385
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  •   pdf QUALIFICATIONS TO VOTE

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    VOTER'S LIST/LIST OF ELECTORS - How do I check to see if I am on the list?  
  •  Contact the Returning Officer or the Revising Officer, noted above, to inquire as to whether or not you are on the list of electors.  This is for the Town of Bridgewater area only. If you have recently moved to the Bridgewater area from another jursidiction in NS please contact the above and we can enumerate you to allow you to vote in this election.

    Due to privacy concerns and the 
    Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act, the list of electors is NOT viewable by the general public.

  • HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO VOTE?
    - A
    Voter Information letter (VIL) which provides you with all the information for voting either by telephone or electronic device, will be mailed via Canada Post based on the list of electors around the end of September. This letter allows an elector to vote during the voting period of October 8, 2020 (8:00 a.m. start) to October 17, 2020 (7:00 p.m. end). This letter contains a PIN (personal identification number) which allows you to vote.  It is an 8 digit number and is specific to your name. There is also an additional security feature that is required.  You will need to enter your DATE OF BIRTH along with your PIN to vote.
  • If you do not receive a letter by October 7, 2020 please contact either the Returning Officer or Revising Officer during the period of October 8, 2020 to October 16, 2020 during regular office hours.  During ordinary polling day (October 17, 2020) please contact the Returning Officer noted above or via the information on the voting letter.

  • If your DATE of BIRTH is not accepted upon entering the voting site, please contact the Returning Officer. There may be incorrect data accumlated in the list.  You would have to provide the correct date info to the RO to reset your ability to vote.