It is civic voting day around the province with the exception of the Edmundston area. New Brunswickers are voting to elect new Municipal Councils – District Education Councils – and Regional Health Authority Board members. The Edmundston area elections are delayed until May 25th because of the recent COVID Lockdown in that area. The delay of voting in the Edmundston region also means the results of today’s vote in the rest of the province won’t be released until after polls close on May 25th. The elections were originally scheduled for last May but were postponed due to the outbreak of the COVID pandemic.
The polls open at 10 this morning and close at 8 this evening. You can find information on the location of Returning Offices and Polling stations here. Complete election information can be found here.
Saint John voters are choosing a Mayor – 2 At Large Councillors – and 2 Councillors in one of the 4 Wards in which they reside. There are 47 candidates vying for the 10 council seats and 4 candidates for the Mayor’s chair. Incumbent Mayor Don Darling did not re-offer nor did long time Councillor and former Mayor Shirley McAlary – and Councillor David Merrithew. Four candidates have offered for Mayor – Donna Reardon hoping to make the move from Councillor – Darrell Bastarache – Mel Vincent – and Howard Yeomans. A complete list of the candidates for Mayor and council in Saint John can be found here.
In Grand Bay-Westfield – Long time Mayor Grace Losier didn’t re-offer – and – Brittany Merrifield was acclaimed Mayor after no other candidates filed papers. Nine candidates have offered for the 5 Council positions. The list of Grand Bay-Westfield candidates can be found here.
In Rothesay – incumbent Mayor Nancy Grant is being challenged by Elizabeth Kramer and there are 11 candidates for 7 Council seats. The list of candidates can be found here.
In Quispamsis – incumbent Mayor Gary Clark is being challenged by Deputy Mayor Libby O’Hara while 11 candidates have offered for the 7 Council seats. A list of the candidates can be found here.
Candidates for the Anglophone South Education Council are here and for the Francophone South Education Council here. Candidates for the Horizon Health Network Board are here.