INDIAN BROOK: Voters in the Sipekne’katik First Nation voted in a new chief and council in their band council elections, held Nov. 2.

There were 1,008 valid ballots cast in the election of Chief and council, with just 10 ballots rejected

Michael Patrick Sack was voted as the new Chief, besting incumbent Rufus Copage by 26 votes (510-484). Sack, 35, was a former band councillor.

There were more than 50 people who put their name forward to run for a seat on council. Just one councillor who was seeking re-election—Cheryl Maloney—was defeated. Councillors Jerry Sack and Michelle Glasgow did not re-offer.

Topping the candidates with the most votes for council was Mary Ellen Syliboy, who had 618 votes in her name. Glen Knockwood had 530 votes; community volunteer Keith Julian had 472 votes. Tim Nevin was just 13 votes back of Julian with 459, then it was Thomas J. Howe with 437; Doreen Knockwood with 420; Colleen Knockwood with 367 votes; Alex ‘Butchie’ McDonald had 344 votes; while Earl Sack nabbed 333 votes.

Among the new councillors voted in were: Gerry Augustine, who saw 414 people vote for him; Derrick Nevin with 393 votes; and Virginia Peter-Paul who had 320 votes.

The two-year term for the new chief Michael Patrick Sack and council is effective immediately, with a ceremonial swearing in ceremony scheduled to occur in late November.

– With information from http://kukukwes.com/

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