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2017 Council Elections: District candidates and acclamations announced

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Council Elections will be held next month in Halifax District. Nominations closed on February 15, and the election will take place from March 6 to 20, 2017.

Five practising lawyers will be vying for the four Halifax District seats on Council. The Halifax candidates are John Bodurtha, Sheree L. Conlon, Deanna Frappier, Ian Gray and Loretta Manning

Voting will be conducted online, and will start on Monday, March 6 at 8:30 am. Complete details about the electronic voting procedure will soon be available on the website, along with information about each candidate, including biographies and election platforms.

Acclamations in three other districts  
Two candidates were nominated in Cape Breton and Central Districts, and one candidate in Southwestern District, so elections will not be required in those districts. The following nominees (all incumbents) are therefore acclaimed as Council members for the 2017-2019 term:

Cape Breton District
Jillian MacNeil
Diane L. McGrath QC

Central District
Ellen R. Burke
Kelly R. Mittelstadt

Southwestern District
Andrew S. Nickerson QC 

Following the District Election in Halifax District, another election will take place to elect three “At Large” members from anywhere in Nova Scotia. Nominations for these positions will be open from March 20 until April 3, 2017, with the election taking place from April 17 to 24, 2017.

Council for 2017-2019 will consist of 21 members: the three officers, 10 members elected and acclaimed in the judicial districts, three Council members elected from the entire province, three public representatives, the representative of the Attorney General and the Dean of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.

Council members ensure that the Society acts in the public interest and as a fair, visionary and respected regulator. Council requires committed lawyers who understand the responsibilities associated with self governance of an independent legal profession. A diversity of representation on Council plays an important role in setting and implementing the Society’s strategic direction and ensuring that the Society’s activities have a positive impact on the public’s interest in the Nova Scotia legal profession. Learn more about Council at