MILLBROOK, N.S. – A total of 33 candidates will be vying for 12 council positions when the Millbrook First Nations band members go to the polls on Feb. 26.
Chief Bob Gloade, who has served three terms so far, is hoping to retain the top band position. He is being challenged by one contender, Lisa Marshall, who is completing her first term as a band councillor.
All other incumbent council members will be trying to retain their seats.
“It’s something I care about and am passionate about,” Gloade said, of serving as chief.
“There’s still a lot more work to do,” he added, regarding a number of band projects that are in the planning stages.
“Economic development is a key priority for us.”
One of the largest projects in the works from that perspective is the development of Shannon Park, a former military community on the eastern shore of Halifax Harbour.
“It’s a mixture of residential, commercial and recreational,” Gloade said. “We’re in the planning stages right now of what it’s going to look like.”
Gloade said that development is to be completed within a five- to 10-year span at a total investment of about $200 million.
There are also ongoing economic development projects at the Truro Power Centre, including completion of a new strip mall.
Millbrook First Nation has a total of approximately 1,780 band members, with 900 living on reserve and 880 living off reserve lands.
The band’s reserve lands include sites in Millbrook, Cole Harbour, Sheet Harbour and Beaver Dam.
Candidates for chief:
Bob Gloade (incumbent)
Carla K. Asprey
Colin Alexander Bernard (incumbent)
Bryan Brooks (incumbent)
Alex Cope (incumbent)
Adrian Gloade (incumbent)
Gerald Donovan Gloade
Peter Gloade (incumbent)
Theresa (Wilmot) Hardgrave
Lloyd Douglas Johnson (incumbent)
Keith L. Julian Jr.
Linda (Cookie) Maloney
Markie Lucius Ward (incumbent)
Stephen Marshal (incumbent)
Barry Morris Martin, Sr., (incumbent)
Justin Paul Martin
Chris Nasson (incumbent)
John “Jack” Paul
Michael Paul Stephens (incumbent)
James Louis Stevens