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Nova Scotians went to the polls Oct. 18 in municipal and school board elections.

Of the 21 CUPE members and retirees who ran, 11 were successful.

CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says, “We have been laying the groundwork for this for the last few years in our province. Last year we had a Political Action Conference that had record attendance with lots of first time delegates.

It just goes to show you that with a lot of hard work, and support from their union, people can make a difference in the political arena. We look forward to working with them over the next four years to protect public services and the rights of working people,” he says.

Here are the winning candidates:

  • Shirley McNamara, CUPE 955, District 5 Richmond (incumbent 17 years)
  • Malcolm Madden, CUPE 2272, District 5, Municipality of Argyle
  • Terry Rhindress, retired CUPE 3890, Amherst (incumbent)
  • Karen MacKenzie, CUPE 2525, District 11, Colchester County
  • Donnie MacDonald, CUPE 1867, Antigonish (incumbent)
  • Jackie Barkhouse, CUPE 108, District 8, Woodside-Eastern Passage, Halifax Regional Municipality (incumbent)
  • Rod Murphy, CUPE 2272, District 2, Municipality of Argyle
  • Linda Gregory, CUPE 835, District 3, Municipality of Digby (incumbent)
  • Dave LeBlanc, CUPE 5050, District 11, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
  • Elizabeth Paris, CUPE 2330, Chignecto-Central School Board, African N.S. seat (incumbent) 
  • Murray Goodwin, Local 964, District 2, Municipality of Yarmouth