Auld’s Cove Danny MacEachern is vying for the District 9 seat in the Aug. 19 Municipality of the County of Antigonish by-election.
Election voting will take place at the St. Paul’s Parish Center (Cape Jack Road, basement entrance) between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. and is being held following the passing of Russell Boucher in May, who had not only been the long-time representative of the district but also warden for the municipality.
MacEachern said he would have never run against his long-time friend but feels, as a “community man,” and with the vacancy, the time was right to put his name forward.
“I wouldn’t have run against Russell; I wouldn’t have even thought about it,” MacEachern said, a nod to Boucher’s popularity and strengths as a municipal leader.
“It was hard to see him go because he was a friend of mine but, I know, someone has to fill that void and if I were speaking to Russell, he would probably tell me to go ahead.”
MacEachern said he has always had an interest in politics and, when asked about a trait he would bring to the council table, he used the word “dedication.”
“I’ve spent the last 12 years on parish council and the last 15 years with the fire department; and the last three years I’ve been fire chief there,” he said.
“I’ve been pretty dedicated to that and my family and I know I would bring that same dedication to council if I had the opportunity,” MacEachern, married with five children, added.
Asked about concerns for the district in particular, MacEachern said while he is “new to this,” he is listening to his fellow residents and will be bringing any concerns forward as their representative if he is elected.
“Because I’m a tax-payer for 31 years, I want to make sure our money is spent in the right areas … spent wisely,” he said.
For additional information on the by-election, visit the municipality’s website at antigonishcounty.ns.ca.