Neil Corbett is running for the District 9 seat in the Municipality of the County of Antigonish.
A by-election to fill the vacancy, which came after the death of Warden Russell Boucher in May, will take place Saturday, Aug. 19.
“I know the community needs somebody to represent them. I really wanted to put my name forward and would be honoured to represent District 9,” Corbett said.
He described Boucher as a “very, very good friend of mine.”
“Although I would never be able to fill his shoes, I would definitely like to be able to do as much as I can for the community,” Corbett added.
He is a first-time candidate.
“I have been a general contractor out west, for most of my life. I have negotiated a lot of contracts on projects and that sort of thing,” he said.
Describing himself as “not shy,” Corbett noted he met with some county councillors before announcing his candidacy.
“Just to talk to them and to ask – what am I getting into here and am I prepared to make the commitment, which I feel I am,” he said.
When asked what he can contribute as councillor, Corbett talked about “one of the biggest things in our district” – the Havre Boucher Community Centre.
“I know Russell worked very hard to try and make sure that it serviced, and had whatever it needs were to service the community. I want to make sure that I can continue that,” he said.
Noting he is 65, Corbett talked about another priority for him – seniors.
“I grew up in Tracadie and my wife is from Havre Boucher,” he said, noting they retired here and built a home in Cape Jack.
“I am looking around and there are not many young people around – it is mostly seniors, like me.”
Corbett noted there are many living alone in big homes.
“I would like to be able to – I don’t know if I can or not – see if I can get something going here to try and bring some more support for seniors,” he said, in areas such as housing, while noting an understanding that “money is always an issue.”
“But, unless somebody steps forward and does it, you never know,” he added.
Noting there are approximately 350 homes in District 9 – with 740 voters – Corbett said, during an Aug. 4 interview, that he was “down to less than 100 homes that I have to visit.”
“I made a commitment that I wanted to make sure that I went to every door – and knocked on every door – so I am close to that now,” he added.
“My commitment is there to the people in the community, if they want to support me.”