© Ashley Thompson
Bill Preston is the third contender to announce his intention to run in the Hantsport byelection slated for October. The byelection will fill a council seat left vacant by Coun. Shannon Cunningham, who moved to the Halifax area.
Bill Preston is no stranger to the Town of Hantsport’s council.
He’s often the first member of the public to ask questions at regular monthly committee of the whole meetings.
Now he’s hoping to have the opportunity to answer some questions.
Preston is the third Hantsport resident to announce his intent to run in the upcoming byelection in October.
“I’m a senior, and there’s a lot of other seniors, and they just can’t afford a tax increase,” said Preston.
Preston feels it is imperative seniors, particularly those on fixed incomes, are considered when town council debates important topics. If elected, he’s prepared to voice the concerns of seniors loud and clear.
“My priority would be to work toward helping the seniors more,” he said.
“They are the ones that gave Hantsport the identity.”
Preston has a clear stance on the proposed dissolution of the Town of Hantsport. He’d like to see Hantsport become a village within the Municipality of the County of Kings County if the township is dissolved.
As new information pertaining to the proposed dissolution is available, Preston said he believes the public should be brought up to speed – before any decision is made about joining West Hants or Kings.
“We’re the people that have lived here - most of us all our lives - and we should have a say where we want to be, and where we think is going to be the best spot for us,” said Preston.
Preston originally came to Hantsport from Scotland in 1947, but moved for work in 1982. He returned to Hantsport two years ago.
Asked why he returned, Preston said: “because it’s Hantsport.”
Preston will be vying for votes along with longtime Hantsport residents Phil Zamora and Jeff Starratt.
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