Lunenburg County’s Municipal Election Results, From October 2020 to Today



For up-to-date information on who is running for election in every municipality across Lunenburg County in the 2024 Municipal Election, visit Barnacle Election Central.

Correction, May 11: This article initially showed Derek Wells being elected to Chester’s District 3 in 2020. Wells was actually elected in a by-election in 2021. We have updated this page for accuracy.

Municipal councils make decisions that affect the everyday life of generations to come, but records on who actually ever served on a Nova Scotia council are not kept in order in one place.

Try to find information on who won recent local municipal elections, and the “2020 Nova Scotia municipal elections” Wikipedia page is about the best you’ll get unless you’re willing to dig deep across multiple websites and social media feeds – but it doesn’t even cover all of our local communities.

And if there’s been a few special by-elections since then? It won’t be fun to figure it all out.

So we saved you a couple hours.

To help you understand recent decisions made by voters in our communities that led to the councils we have today, The Barnacle has done the work of gathering Lunenburg County’s municipal election results from the last four years in one central, convenient location for you.

Municipality of the District of Chester

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Chester is unique among South Shore municipalities for having residents not elect a Mayor. Instead, there are seven Councillors who elect a Warden amongst themselves.

In the 2020 election, two districts were acclaimed, and there were 3,689 votes cast among the remaining five districts.

Everyone who was elected in Chester in 2020 remains on Council today except Danielle Barkhouse, who was Councillor for District 3. Barkhouse became an MLA for the provincial Progressive Conservatives and vacated her council seat. In a November 2021 by-election, Derek Wells won the District 3 seat.

Municipality of the District of Chester Municipal By-Election Results – November 18, 2021

DistrictWinner – VotesOther Nominees – Votes
District 3Derek Wells – 461Jo-Ann Grant – 164, Annette Collicutt – 99

Municipality of the District of Chester Municipal Election Results – October 17, 2020

DistrictWinner – VotesOther Nominees – Votes
District 1Andre Veinotte – 418Marshal Hector – 337, Terri Demont – 122
District 2Floyd Shatford – AcclaimedN/A
District 3Danielle Barkhouse – 623Kerry Keddy – 140
District 4Allen Webber (Warden) – 365Steven Millett – 236
District 5Abdella Assaff – 616Blake Rafuse – 226
District 6Tina Connors – AcclaimedN/A
District 7Sharon Church – 487Doug Sharpham – 125
Source: chester.ca

Municipality of the District of Lunenburg

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In the 2020 election, The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) saw 9,084 people turn out to vote out of approximately 20,700 eligible voters, for a total turnout of 43.9 per cent.

MODL elects a Mayor who sits at large and is voted for by all voters in town. 

Theya also have ten polling districts for Councillors spanning 1,759 square kilometres from inland Nova Scotia to the ocean, engulfing the municipalities of Bridgewater, Lunenburg and Mahone Bay.

Everyone who was elected in MODL in 2020 remains on Council today.

Municipality of the District of Lunenburg Municipal Election Results – October 17, 2020

DistrictWinner – VotesOther Nominees – Votes
MayorCarolyn Bolivar-Getson – 5,437Caleb Wheeldon – 3,563
MODL District 1Leitha Haysom – AcclaimedN/A
MODL District 2Martin Bell – 687Morgen Reinhardt – 519
MODL District 3Wendy Oickle – 339Lee E. Nauss (incumbent) – 326, David Sutherland – 172
MODL District 4Pam Hubley – 662Bud Webster – 320
MODL District 5Cathy Moore – AcclaimedN/A
MODL District 6Sandra Statton – 490Claudette E. Garland – 404
MODL District 7Michelle Greek – 594Wade S. Carver (incumbent) – 385
MODL District 8Kacy DeLong – AcclaimedN/A
MODL District 9Reid Whynot – 577Frank Fawson – 438
MODL District 10Chasidy Veinotte – 442Josh Healey – 332, Ann Westhaver – 188
Source: modl.ca

Town of Bridgewater

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In the 2020 election, The Town of Bridgewater saw 2,504 people turn out to vote out of approximately 6,878 eligible voters, for a total turnout of 36.4 per cent.

The Town of Bridgewater elects one Mayor and six Councillors who sit at large – meaning a Councillor is not elected by people in a specific polling district, but by all voters in town.

Everyone who was elected in Bridgewater in 2020 remains on Council today.

Bridgewater Mayoral Election Results – October 17, 2020

PositionWinner – VotesOther Nominees – Votes
MayorDavid Mitchell – AcclaimedN/A

Bridgewater Councillor Election Results – October 17, 2020

Cheryl Fougere – 1688 

Jennifer McDonald – 1502 

Andrew Tanner –  1494 

Stacey Colwell – 1473 

Wayne Thorburne – 1401 

Mike Conklin – 1272 

Erin Carr – 1145 

Sandra Mader – 1102 

Chad Frittenburg – 1004 

Eric Wade –  462

Source: Town of Bridgewater, Facebook

Town of Lunenburg

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The Town of Lunenburg had 2,021 eligible voters as of August 2023. 

The Town of Lunenburg elects one Mayor and six Councillors who sit at large – meaning a Councillor is not elected by people in a specific polling district, but by all voters in town.

Lunenburg held a special by-election in August 2023 to replace its vacant Mayoral seat following the resignation of Mayor Matt Risser.

Voter turnout in the 2020 general election was 64.1 per cent. Other than Matt Risser, everyone elected in the Town of Lunenburg remains on Council today.

Lunenburg Mayoral Special By-Election Results – August 12, 2023

PositionWinner – VotesOther Nominees – Votes
MayorJamie Myra – 811Gale Fullerton – 377
Source: Town of Lunenburg

Lunenburg Mayoral Election Results – October 17, 2020

PositionWinner – VotesOther Nominees – Votes
MayorMatt Risser – 955John McGee – 268
Source: Saltwire

Lunenburg Councillor Election Results – October 17, 2020

Susan Sanford – 838

Stephen Ernst – 759

Peter Mosher (incumbent) – 726

Melissa Duggan – 686

Jenni Birtles – 672

Ed Halverson – 555

Ronnie Bachman (incumbent) – 528

Kevin Corkum – 504

Theo Heffler – 379

John Barr – 369

Source: Saltwire

Town of Mahone Bay

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In the 2020 municipal election, The Town of Mahone Bay saw a total turnout of 70.3 per cent. According to Statistics Canada, the adult population of Mahone Bay in 2021 was between 910 to 950.

The Town of Mahone Bay elects one Mayor and six Councillors who sit at large – meaning a Councillor is not elected by people in a specific polling district, but by all voters in town.

Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, former Lunenburg MLA and Liberal provincial cabinet minister, won a by-election for a vacant seat (vacated by Alice Burdick) in November 2022 with 68.75 per cent of 416 votes. Other than Alice Burdick, everyone who was elected in Bridgewater in 2020 remains on Council today.

Mahone Bay Councillor By-Election Results – November 26, 2022

PositionWinner – VotesOther Nominees – Votes
CouncillorSuzanne Lohnes-Croft – 286Bryan Palfreyman – 130
Source: LighthouseNow

Mahone Bay Mayoral Election Results – October 17, 2020

PositionWinner – VotesOther Nominees – Votes
MayorDavid Devenne – AcclaimedN/A
Source: Town of Mahone Bay

Mahone Bay Councillor Election Results – October 17, 2020

Francis Kangata – 482

Penny Carver – 459

Kelly Wilson – 439

Joseph Maxwell Feeney – 384

Alice Burdick – 377

Richard Nowe – 352

Aaron M. Collery – 157

Source: Town of Mahone Bay


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