FREDERICTON (GNB) – Nominations have opened in seven communities to fill 17 vacancies in byelections and a first election to be held Monday, May 15. Nominations close at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 21.

Also on May 15, people in the local service districts of Cap-Bateau, Coteau Road, Haut-Lamèque, Miscou, Petite-Lamèque, Paroisse Ste-Cécile, Pigeon Hill, Paroisse Shippagan, Pointe-Alexandre and Pointe-Canot will vote on forming a rural community with the Town of Lamèque and the Village of Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël.

Returning offices opened this week.

If more than one candidate is nominated for a position, a byelection will be held. The communities with vacant positions are:

  • Haut-Madawaska (one mayor, two councillors for Ward 1, two councillors for Ward 2, two councillors for Ward 3, and two councillors for Ward 4);
  • Kedgwick (one councillor-at-large, one councillor for Ward 3);
  • Le Goulet (one councillor);
  • Maisonnette (one councillor);
  • Salisbury (one councillor);
  • Shippagan (one councillor); and
  • Saint-André (one councillor for Ward 1, one councillor for Ward 2).

“Elections New Brunswick strongly encourages residents in these communities to consider offering for these important positions,” said municipal electoral officer Kimberly Poffenroth. “Serving on council allows individuals to give back to their communities.”

Nomination papers may be picked up from a municipal returning officer or at local municipal offices, or they can be printed from the Elections New Brunswick website.