Millbrook voters to soon head to polls

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‘We've always had a high per cent of success in voters'

MILLBROOK - Driving through Millbrook First Nation, it's not hard to tell it's election time.

Millbrook First Nation band chief Bob Gloade stands on the sidewalk along Willow Street that has numerous candidates' signs for the upcoming election. Voters will head to the polls on Feb. 21 to cast their ballot for chief and 12 council spots.

Candidates' signs adorn the majority of the poles along Willow Street with names of those running for the chief's position and 12 council seats.

"We have 40 candidates at this time for councillor, but it has been as high as about 50 or 60 in previous elections," said Bob Gloade, the current chief who is re-offering for the position. "Mostly the same people always run. Typically with any band, there are no set regulations on numbers of how many people can run."

An election rolls around every two years for the band and this year, all 12 of the current councillors are re-offering.

There are 1,260 eligible voters this year, with just under 1,800 band members in total. Last year, 712 of the 1,129 eligible voters cast a ballot for a 63 per cent turnout.

"We've always had a high per cent of success in voters," said Gloade. "We've always had that consistency so it'll probably be the same again. We have more success in band elections than in provincial and federal ones. We're more directly involved and have more of a voice in the community."

With candidates out on the campaign trail, Gloade said things seem to be as normal as usual in the band.

"Things are relatively quiet. Some candidates are out canvassing door-to-door. There's not a lot of discussions that I've been aware of."

Nominations for candidates were held on Jan. 10. Voters can cast their ballots on Feb. 21 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Millbrook Community Hall.

For those that have not received a mail-in nomination package, they can contact Tricia J Fultz at 895-6385 or toll free at 1-877-892-2424. Anyone who will be away during the election and wants a mail-in ballot can also contact Tricia Fultz at the numbers provided.

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Millbrook election 2014

Nominees for chief

- Bob Gloade*

- James Howe Sr.

- Stephen Marshall Sr.

- Jack Paul

Nominees for councillor

- Jeff Asprey

- Colin Alexander Bernard*

- Natasha Bernard

- Tammy Bernard

- Bryan Brooks*

- Lavinia Brooks

- Alexander Cope*

- Shelley Falkenham

- Adrian Gloade*

- Barry Gloade*

- Peter Gloade*

- Vernon Adam Gloade*

- Theresa Hardgrave-Wilmot

- Gordon Johnson*

- Lloyd Douglas Johnson*

- Thomas Julian

- Alexander (Sandy Joe) Julien

- David Todd (Tex) MacLeod

- Dennis MacLeod

- Ward Markie*

- Barry Martin Sr.*

- Dean Martin

- Mattie Martin

- Nolan Martin

- Philip Martin Jr.

- Linda Mary Jane (Cookie) Maloney

- Craig Marshall

- Stephen Frederick Marshall Jr.

- Stacey Lee Marshall-Tabor

- Chris Nasson*

- Patsy Paul-Martin

- Margaret Irene Phillips

- Chris Stevens

- Heather Stevens

- Daniel Stephens

- Mark Stephens

- Michael Paul (Mikey) Stephens

- Benjamin Noel (Benio) Sylliboy

- John Robert Sylliboy

- Mary Martha Sylliboy

* denotes current council members


Organizations: Millbrook Community Hall

Geographic location: Millbrook, Willow Street

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