MacKinnon offering experience and new approaches in run for council

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Clarrie MacKinnon has announced he is seeking re-election to Westville Town Council.

“As a retired person, I have the time to commit many hours of every week to serving the residents of my hometown,” says the candidate.

This is MacKinnon’s 11th time seeking public office at all three levels of government.

“The primary strengths I offer are both experience and new approaches to municipal government in Westville. Although I was just elected to council in a December 2019 by-election I have had significant input into new directions taken or about to be taken by Westville Council,” notes.

“In regards to experience, I have served many years on three separate municipal councils, eight years on a large school board and two terms representing Pictou East in the Nova Scotia Legislature.”

The Westville resident says his town has many strengths —friendly people, space for much more housing, commercial enterprises and recreational activities, and a proven desire for changes and improvements demonstrated in a series of 2020 pre-pandemic community meetings.

“Already we are capitalizing on some of the ideas through a bylaw in the making to attract new commercial ventures, a recently approved capital expenditure of close to $1 million and the ordering of new welcome signage at the three main approaches to the town.”

MacKinnon says in his opinion, the key challenge facing Westville is that the province has for years considered the town to be one of the municipal units in Nova Scotia to be “at risk.”

“One of the factors in judgment is not having enough money in our reserve account. It will be necessary to build this up and meet some of the other criteria. This is taken seriously by the current council and I’m sure it will be by the new council. I will work with great commitment, dedication and determination to help improve our status.”

He notes, “I want all residents of Westville to know that I want to make a difference in the town that four generations of my family have loved and promoted. As president of the Westville and Area Gardening Club, chair of the Westville Progress Association and promoter of Clean Westville, I continue a family tradition of caring.”

MacKinnon can reached by phone (902) 396-5490 or (902) 759-8457, email or on Facebook Elect Clarrie MacKinnon for Westville Town Council and at 2326 Cowan Street.