Voting ‘steady' at Millbrook polls on Friday

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MILLBROOK - Female representation and an infusion of new blood.

With 40 candidates vying for 12 council seats and four others running for the chief's position during the Millbrook band election on Friday, candidate signs have been out in force.

That is the result that at least two candidates in the Millbrook band elections are hoping for after ballots have been counted from Friday's polls.

"I am hoping to see some new representation in there as well as stick with some of the old school as well to help the new representation come up in the field," said councillor candidate Michael Paul (Mikey) Stephens, from outside the community hall where the votes were being cast.

"I'd like to see some solid representation for the grass-roots people as well as the youth and the elders in our community, representatives who could speak and articulate and be able to analyze contemporary issues."

Fellow candidate Mary Sylliboy, meanwhile, who ran unsuccessfully eight years ago, said she wanted to see some of her gender represented on the band council.

"I'm hoping that there is a few women who will get into council. That is my main goal and objective."

In all, four candidates had put their names on the ballot for chief, including incumbent Chief Bob Gloade.

A total of 40 candidates, however, were vying for the 12 council positions.

In all there are 1,260 eligible voters this year of the band's total population of just under 1,800 band members.

By early afternoon, returning officer Tricia Fultz said the voting activity had been "pretty steady."

The polls were scheduled to close at 8 p.m. but Fultz said it would be the wee hours of the morning before all the ballots had been counted.

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Geographic location: Millbrook

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