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(Halifax) - CUPE members in Nova Scotia are stepping up to the plate in record numbers for this month’s municipal and school board elections, and CUPE President Danny Cavanagh says his union couldn’t be prouder of them.

Says Cavanagh, “This time around, 21 members have thrown their hats into the ring for the first time, or are contesting as incumbents.
“These hard-working public employees, and retired public employees, understand the value of strong public services and the importance of protecting what we and our parents and grandparents have built,” says Cavanagh.

Shirley McNamara, Local 955, District 5 Richmond (incumbent 17 years)
Bill Baker, Local 1867, District 6, Cumberland County
Malcolm Madden, Local 2272, District 5, Municipality of Argyle
Jason Langille, Local 1472, District 4, Kings County
Terry Rhindress, retired Local 3890, Amherst
Karen MacKenzie, Local 2525, District 11, Colchester County
Paul Taylor, Local 2330, District 11, Pictou Co. Municipality
Donnie MacDonald, Local 1867, Antigonish (incumbent)
Jackie Barkhouse, Local 108, District 8, Woodside (incumbent HRM)
John Stoddard, Local 108, District 22, Timberlea-Prospect
Rod Murphy, Local 2272, District 2, Municipality of Argyle
Murray Goodwin, Local 964, District 2, 2-A, 2-B, Town of Yarmouth
Earle Babin, Local 2272, District 4, Municipality of Argyle
Linda Gregory, Local 835, District 3, Municipality of Digby (incumbent)
Todd MacPherson, Local 5050, District 3 CBRM
Amanda Curry, Local 5050, District 13, CBRM
Dave LeBlanc, Local 5050, District 11, CBRM
Elizabeth Paris, Local 2330, Chignecto-Central School Board, African N.S. seat (incumbent)
Myles Waidson, Local 5050, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board
Joe Kanary, Retired Local 759, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board
Donald Read, Local 1867, District 7, Cumberland County