There were a few nail-biting moments in the Municipality of Lunenburg (MODL) elections, but Carolyn Bolivar-Getson has squeaked by Tom Lockwood by 154 votes to become mayor elect.
South Shore Regional School Board member for District 2, Elizabeth Crossland, was also neck and neck with Jennifer Hayward, before edging past her with just two votes for a total of 1,098.
At her campaign headquarters in Hebbville after the tally was in, Bolivar-Getson told LighthouseNOW it was a tense day as it was with previous elections. "I pace. I'm nervous. I never take anything for granted," she said.
Bolivar-Getson won with 4,256 votes over Lockwood's 4,102, although he registered significantly more votes in Districts 1,2, 7 and 8.
Formerly the councillor for District 9, Bolivar-Getson said her priority is to sit down with the newly elected councillors.
"Make sure that I listen to the concerns that they heard on the doorsteps. And move forward with new strategic planning and set the goals for the next few years based on what people have told the councillors. I want to listen to the people," said Bolivar-Getson.
There will be two new faces on MODL's council when it reconvenes next month - Wade Carver, who at 431 votes, was 56 ahead of incumbent Terry Dorey in District 7, and Reid Arthur Whynot registered 229 more votes than incumbent Frank Fawson's 344 in District 9.
In District 10, newcomer Jerry Jardine fell far short of incumbent councillor Errol Knickle, with 168 votes versus 606. And in District 8, incumbent Michael Ernst powered past Milton Countway with 606 votes compared to Countway's 303. In District 1, incumbent Eric Hustvedt had 432 votes, slightly more than double the number of votes earned by Dean Karkling's 219, while in District 4, incumbent John Veinot had almost double the votes of Andrew Feener at 639.
In District 2, however, Derek Purcell gave incumbent councillor Martin Bell a run for his money, grabbing 436 votes compared to Bell's 505. In District 3 incumbent Lee Nauss was re-elected in his race against Pamela Hubley. Nauss received 424 votes to Hubley's 360.
Claudette Garland, who was former deputy mayor, had nearly double the number of votes as her competitor, Larry Power with 521 votes versus 222. Cathy Moore was acclaimed in District 5.
Four school baord positions were acclaimed with Jennifer Naugler for District 4, Christian Maguire for District 5, Vernon Simms for the African Nova Scotian position and Hank Middleton for Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP).