WESTVILLE – A special election has been scheduled for December 14 to fill two vacancies on town council.
Deputy Mayor Lennie White created a second vacancy when he announced at a special council meeting on Tuesday that he would vie to replace former mayor Roger MacKay.
He announced his retirement as mayor last month, creating the first vacant council seat.
“We set the date for the special election to fill the vacant mayor’s position for December 14,” White said. “I announced that I would be seeking the mayor’s seat. As a result there will also be a vacancy on council with the election also on December 14.”
Nomination day is November 14.
Council scheduled the special meeting on Tuesday at its regular meeting on September 30 after MacKay notified council of his immediate retirement.
White was first elected to council in 2012 and won re-election in 2016. He chaired council as deputy mayor while MacKay was absent.
MacKay first sought and was granted a leave of absence after he was nominated as the federal Conservative’ candidate in Central Nova.
The leave of absence remained after MacKay first withdrew his nomination and later said he would be leaving municipal politics.