Morton won the byelection vote handily, receiving 272 votes. His closest opponent, Frederick Lawrence, garnered 83.
The turnout for the vote was only 26 per cent, about a quarter of the 1,500 eligible voters.
Morton says the turnout wasn’t that bad for a summer byelection.
“I went to pretty well to everybody’s door and I’m well known and I’m not scared to say what I think,” Morton said. “I said I would bring their concerns forward and I’m a doer, not a sayer (sic). If I feel that something needs to be done, I’ll try to the best of my ability.”
Morton said the No. 1 thing on people’s minds during the campaign was fire services.
“Fire right now is the big issue, it’s pretty hot, no pun intended,” he said. “They want to know what’s going to happen with it and a lot of people are worried that they won’t have fire protection. They shouldn’t have to worry about that. They should worry about whether they’ve got bread on the table and milk in the fridge and if somebody’s sick.”
Morton doesn’t think going from Hantsport council to West Hants council will be an issue, saying he’s been a “Hants County boy” his whole life.
Morton joins former Hantsport mayor Robbie Zwicker at the council table. Zwicker joined council after Hantsport's town status was officially dissolved on July 1.
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