Elections 2020

Elizabeth A AckerQ. What is your full name?

Elizabeth A Acker

Q. Where are you from?

I have lived in Shelburne County for 45 years and 31 years in the Town of Shelburne

Q. What did you do before you decided to run for office?

I taught school for 33 years.  During that time, I was involved in the NSTU both locally and served on Provincial Committees.  I was always involved with my children’s school and activities.

Since retiring I continued to be involved with several organizations including the Retired Teachers Organization, the Shelburne Curling Centre, my church, as well as the Asset Management Committee for the town and I continue to enjoy personal interests.

Q. Why have you chosen to run in this election campaign?

During the past years I have followed the workings of Council.  I fully understand the difficulties facing the Town, especially the financial situation. My past experiences afford me some knowledge and I understand the importance of making decisions based on research, dialogue, and common sense.  Difficult decisions may have to be made, even unpopular ones and I believe I can do that.

Q. What strengths would you bring to council if you are elected?

  • A sincere desire to be positive
  • A willingness to listen and understand the residents and their interests
  • The time commitment necessary
  • My ability to work with others
  • 13 years of Council, four as Deputy Mayor
  • 4 years representing Eastern Shelburne County on the TCR School Board, one as Vice Chair and 4 years as a Director with the NS School Board Association

Q. What do you see as the biggest strength/asset of the community/region and what measures would you take to capitalize on them?

There are many assets in our region. Our people, our community spirit, our diversity as well as our physical surroundings. Available commercial space is an asset which could be utilized for job creation with the right leadership.  As a Council we must be open to welcoming and encouraging newcomers to set up business in the Town and at the same time supporting our present local economy.

Q. What do you feel is the key challenge facing the community/region and how would you work to address it?

Whether we like it or not, it always comes down to money.  The Town receives some funding/grants, but the bulk of the revenue are taxes on residential and commercial properties.  I have watched over the years the programs and services that were once provided or funded by the provincial and federal governments disappear or have been downloaded to Municipalities.  We must continue to collaborate with other municipalities in the province and especially with the units in Shelburne County.  We must also lobby our Provincial government for a larger equalization share.

Q. What one message do you hope gets out to the voters during this election campaign?

VOTE.  Make your mark. Contact the candidates, ask questions.  Make an informed decision.

Q. How can people contact you? (phone/email/website)

Gmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 902-875-3044

Rick Davis

Rick DavisWhen I was pondering the decision to run in this election, the overwhelming number of people encouraging me to run again tells me I still have an important role to play at the table. Mainly working for the wonderful people of this community. Most people know about the larger issues the Town has dealt with over the past 8 years, such as the Farley Mowatt, much needed repairs to our wharf, the Guild Hall and things like Graham's Park. street resurfacing, upgrades to our waste water facility or even sidewalk improvements. Needless to say there are a lot more on the table.

Those are the bigger items, but there are a lot more things that go on behind the scenes, and practically every day someone reaches out for me to help them sort out a particular problem or guide them through the process of dealing with issues arising in their everyday lives. Some of these issues seem overwhelming to them, and getting information can be difficult at times. I find this part of the job very rewarding and I'm happy to be available in whatever capacity I can to help sort out these issues.

Small Towns like ours across the country are facing new unprecedented challenges as upper levels of government download more and more roles we have to play, whittling away at funding streams and adding new regulations dealing with such things as climate change, waste reduction and coastal erosion/rising sea levels. These things not only cost money, but they also put a heavier burden on staff who need to adapt quickly and efficiently, often times while facing strict deadlines. As much as I enjoy helping the residents of the Town, I also enjoy a good working relationship with staff at all levels. It is imperative to the smooth operation and implementation of policies moving forward.

If I have the honor to return for another term, I will continue on that road, by being informative, transparent and available to each and every member of our community. It is a great privilege being able to help find the ways and means to solve problems and find solutions to things that may appear daunting or confusing. As a councilor, I have the tools at my disposal to deal with that.

This upcoming term is even more important as we adjust to a new way of life due to the arrival of the Covid19 virus, which exacerbates the many challenges facing our community and its residents, as we face uncertainty regarding income for those of us who work, the comfort and understanding of the needs of our seniors and disadvantaged, and the well being of our youth. The freedoms and pleasant enjoyments we once knew have been thrown to the wind as we learn to cope with extraordinary guide lines for things which were formerly very ordinary, like public gathering and measures to protect ourselves and the health of the public at large.

Having said all that, the next few years will see more challenges that as a Council we will have to deal with in a fluid, but guarded way. The Town of Shelburne is not alone in having difficulty making ends meet. The past few years has been particularly difficult. One could call it a Tsunami of events which were not only non-preventable or controllable. But it's not all doom and gloom. We are lucky to live in what I consider the best place on Earth. We have some of the most incredible people here across all genders and age groups. I feel as a council, we need to prop up those who need propping up, we need to guide those who may at times feel lost, and celebrate and showcase the talents that are so abundant here.

Those things, as well as the sheer beauty of the Town itself will foster new residents. This is evidenced by the many new faces we see around town. People who have chosen to come here, to buy or build a home and purchase goods and services, as well as adding to the tax base which is by and far the largest source of the town's income. We also need to be creative and helpful in ways that will keep our youth here, or to return here after they have gone off to university and learned a particular skill affording them a good income and quality of life. We also need to be cognizant of those who may feel that they have been left out or discriminated against in any way. Regardless of age, race, education, religion, or sexual orientation. There is no place in society where we should feel bitter towards those who may have more than us, or look down on those who have less, for whatever reason.

In closing, it has been an honor and a privilege serving the people of the town and working towards making us a viable and welcoming community. Inclusive and neighborly. Sometimes we need to make difficult decisions, and sometimes things don't turn out exactly the way we would like. But you can all rest assured that I will do my very best to make sure we are moving forward, using due diligence, streamlining the way we do things and cooperating with other regional government bodies to the benefit of us all. That is a mantra I ascribe to every day, and will continue to do so.

If you have any particular questions I may be able to answer, I encourage you to contact me by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at 902-875-3382, or cell at 902-875-6858. If you would like to talk in person, my door is always open.

And finally, and most importantly, please vote. If you are having any difficulty in doing that with the Covid19 restrictions let me know. Help is always available.

Thank You,
Rick Davis

Karen Harris MattatallQ. What’s your full name?

Karen Harris-Mattatall

Q. Where are you from?

From Shelburne N.S

Q. What did you do before you decided to run for office?

I have been a registered barber for my working career

Q. Why have you chosen to run in this election campaign?

I have had the opportunity and great privilege of being the Mayor of our Town for 8 years. This opportunity allows me to bring to the table experience, proven leadership, a forward thinking vision and a passion for always finding ways to improve our community.

Eight years ago the town invested in and completed some ambitious projects that we believed were not only in the best interest of our residents but would also serve to make Shelburne a place new residents would want to choose to live. These proved to be a good decisions.  To continue this trend is not to ignore the financial reality facing our town, firing staff and reducing services. I can assure you that this will only delay the inevitable that every member council is aware of and will very likely result in tax increases which our residents and businesses can not afford. The way to move forward and remain sustainable is through good planning and developing a positive working relationship with our neighboring units that will improve our whole region. Attracting new residents and new business to our area will not be achieved by cutting staff, services and events.

Returning to the Clerk system, a system that all but 4 units in the province have left is not going to “Save the Town”. Not having a plan regarding how we continue over the next several years is not the going to “Save the Town”. These options are simply death by a thousand cuts and delaying the inevitable.  This year Covid provided us with a bye however next year the reality of the cuts made in our budget will become a reality with little to nothing left to cut.  In my opinion “Saving the Town” does not mean trying to save a boundary by cutting services, events and all the things that make our town attractive to residents and newcomers alike. It is working with our neighbors to make the region attractive thereby saving our community.

The importance of leadership is paramount in terms of the town’s success or failure so I encourage everyone to ask yourselves, do you believe waiting until we are forced into a dissolution is in the best interest of the residents or do you believe making a concerted immediate priority of working with our neighboring units, the way to create a sustainable viable unit and community for everyone? Ask yourselves what is more important, saving the Town boundary or saving and continuing to improve our beautiful community?

Don’t just read what any of us have written. Please take the time to personally ask questions and watch some council meetings in particular the budget meetings on Vimeo. This is your town and your future!

I welcome calls, messages and questions about any issue that is of concern at 902-875-7502, Facebook messenger or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Harold Eugene LockeQ. What’s your full name?

Harold Eugene Locke

Q. Where are you from?

Born and raised in the Town of Shelburne, and have raised my family here. Q. What did you do before you decided to run for office? My entire working life was spent as a teacher then as the principal of Shelburne Regional High School. I am still a substitute.

Q. Why have you chosen to run in this election campaign?

I have chosen to run for your Mayor of the Town of Shelburne as I feel that with a fresh approach, we can help get the Town out of a severe financial situation and try to do what is best for all citizens of Shelburne. I believe that co-operation with our neighboring Municipalities is key factor to helping to helping improve our current situation. I would like the opportunity to give back to the town that has given me so much.

Q. What strengths would you bring to council if you are elected?

My knowledge of my community through my experiences with many aspects of their lives from their education to their recreational activities and even their everyday lives is my greatest strength. My background as an educator, then administrator has taught me that there are many different ways to reach a desired outcome. Through effort, research, compromise, and discussions – goals can be achieved.

Q. What do you see as the biggest strength/asset of the community/region and what measures would you take to capitalize on them?

In my opinion, the town and its surrounding communities exist as one community, in that most people know each other and interact in a way that most other communities can’t. We have one of the best harbors in the world which is currently being underutilized. We are becoming recognized as a prime stop for cruise ships, and need to put a significant effort into increasing marine traffic. We need to make our community one where people want to visit for a getaway for several days, a destination stop, marketing our community for what it has to offer.

Q. What do you feel is the key challenge facing the community/region and how would you work to address it?

At present, the prime challenge facing our town is our financial situation. This can only be solved with some hard decisions in the short term, for the long term benefits of our town.

Q. What one message do you hope gets out to the voters during this election campaign?

Through a positive attitude and cooperation, I feel the entire area of Eastern Shelburne County will be a better place for all citizens. I have lived through many economic stages of Shelburne, and would like to work to help improve our Town if elected as your Mayor. I have made the most of my past four years as your councilor, volunteering with several committees from recreation to our historically significant areas. I would like to take this initiative and make steady progress over the next four years.

Q. How can people contact you? (phone/email/website)

  • e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Facebook: Harold Locke for MayorFacebook: Harold Locke for Mayor and In-Person around town

Benjamin NickersonQ. What’s your full name?

Benjamin Nickerson

Q. Where are you from?

Born in Shelburne, raised mostly in the Barrington area. Living in Shelburne for the last 5 years.

Q. What did you do before you decided to run for office?

I’ve worked at Michelin in Bridgewater for the last 16 1/2 years. Starting as a machine operator, then Shift Supervisor, now as a Business Unit Leader.

Q. Why have you chosen to run in this election campaign?

I think that Shelburne needs a fresh voice in council. Someone that will listen to the residents and carry their concerns into the meetings. I plan to be that voice.

Q. What strengths would you bring to council if you are elected?

My work experience for my whole adult life has been working in a team environment. This is what I want to bring to office. We need a town where the residents trust the council and the councilors trust each other.

Q. What do you see as the biggest strength/asset of the community/region and what measures would you take to capitalize on them?

I feel our biggest asset is the beauty and historical value of our town. We need to make it more attractive for tourists. The business in this town depend on it. Looking to a post-Covid future I would like to see more festivals, concerts and art shows in Shelburne. The people and infrastructure are already here, we just need to capitalize on it.

Q. What do you feel is the key challenge facing the community/region and how would you work to address it?

As with most small towns money is a huge challenge. We need to generate cash flow without forcing the residents to foot the bill. I will work with the town to make sure we are applying for and getting every Federal and Provincial grant possible.
We need to make the town attractive for small businesses. I will work with small business owners and future entrepreneurs to ensure they are getting all the help they need to open and/or stay open.

Q. What one message do you hope gets out to the voters during this election campaign?

I’m not looking to “Save Our Town”. I’m looking to make smart decisions and work together to make sure the residents of our town aren’t taxed out of their homes and forced to leave our community. There is work to be done and I am open to hearing from every single resident of our town so we can work together and make Shelburne a viable place to live and raise a family.

Q. How can people contact you?

I can be contacted at 902-212-1012 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sheldon RingerQ. What’s your full name?

Sheldon Ringer

Q. Where are you from?

Born in Sandy Point, resident of the Town of Shelburne.

Q. What did you do before you decided to run for office?

I am a small business owner and I have served as Councillor for one term for the Town of Shelburne.

Q. Why have you chosen to run in this election campaign?

I have chosen to reoffer as I believe that I have valuable experience and skills that will allow me to work well with a team to solve the problems that the Town is facing. I understand the need for the Town of Shelburne to work hard at sound fiscal planning. I will work with that in mind to support important services, social programs and events in the community. I also have a proven public record of supporting amalgamation, and will continue to support the effort for amalgamation of Eastern Shelburne County.

Q. What strengths would you bring to council if you are elected?

My strengths are an understanding of economics and small business operations, experience on Town Council, and my understanding of sound fiscal management. I also understand the importance of individuals and community groups that plan and provide events to the community. The support of which will be important to the delivery of events within the community.

Q. What do you see as the biggest strength/asset of the community/region and what measures would you take to capitalize on them?

Currently our community is experiencing a highly active real estate market. Our quality of life provided by our community is attracting many new residents. Maintaining services, events, and our tax rates will allow our growth to continue.

Q. What do you feel is the key challenge facing the community/region and how would you work to address it?

Our key challenge would be the finances of the Town. We must improve or expand shared services within Eastern Shelburne County, and find efficiencies where we can. We must be fiscally responsible, and do better to ensure contracts come on budget. We also need to pressure the Province to improve the fairness of providing funding to Towns.

Q. What one message do you hope gets out to the voters during this election campaign?

Although times are difficult, we are an amazing little Town. We have a talented and dedicated Town workforce that work hard to deliver necessary services. We have many wonderful organizations and community volunteers. Shelburne is a community that has allot to offer. With hard work we can pull through tough times and continue to grow.

Q. How can people contact you? (phone/email/website)

Contact e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bob SindenQ. What’s your full name?

Bob Sinden

Q. Where are you from?

Town of Shelburne, since high school

Q. What did you do before you decided to run for office?

I have been in sales, sales management and marketing all my life

Q. Why have you chosen to run in this election campaign?

I want to be part of the change that is needed to move our Community forward in a positive direction.  There's something that feels very disempowering to have our Community portrayed negatively and many in the Community don’t see themselves in that way. I don’t have the platform to speak out. I want the platform and the tools to do something about that, and to use the same medium that's been used to misrepresent our community for so long, rather in a thankful, hopeful, positive way, the way of our people.

Q. What strengths would you bring to council if you are elected?

I have been a councillor in the past for the Town of Shelburne and very proud of my voting record during that time.  I have an intimate knowledge of our Community because of the extensive volunteering which I have been involved in for many years. I love working on teams, I was on the initial team to imagine and develop new Yacht Club, Osprey, Marina and Sailing School and worked on many projects to save the Cox Warehouse for 25 years, helped envision the Farmers Market at Guildhall, worked with a team for many years fundraising and envisioning Founders Days, helped organize Shelburne County Giant Pumpkin Festival for many years, President of new George Street Shipyard Mill Society to preserve the mill and study the Shipbuilding and document and research the families who built the ships in Shelburne.  Past President of the Shelburne & Area Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman Finance Committee Shelburne Yacht Club, Past Vice President Shelburne Historical Society, Present Member of the SHS board

Q. What do you see as the biggest strength/asset of the community/region and what measures would you take to capitalize on them?

The Town and the Municipalities working together and sharing fairly our good fortunes with each other should be the biggest strength in the region, Amalgamation could be good for the region if we do it equitably.  The Town of Shelburne needs some guarantees of priorities from both Councils and The Province before amalgamation can take place. Town Examples: Sidewalk from George St to the Hospital; Water expansion to the south end of the Town, Shelburne Marine Terminal, Certainly a tax reduction to the Towns taxpayers would seem equitable. Four Town Councillors at the Amalgamated Council table are all starting points, even without Amalgamation Working together to attract Family Doctors and Emergency Doctors, Working together in Economic Development, attract new businesses, Building on our existing industries and attracting new non-traditional industries. Municipalities have to offer more than the atmosphere and infrastructure for industry.  We have to reach out to industry with the help of existing Provincial NSBI and Federal Government ACOA programs to build on our existing industries and attract new people and new industry to the region. An example of new ideas would be there is an initiative by the Federal Government to help Black entrepreneurs. The Town and Municipality needs to facilitate a meeting with the Federal Government, bank people and Black  entrepreneurs  in our Community to help people understand the program and how it applies to our people, also facilitate a meeting about Affordable Housing: The Provincial and Federal Gov’ts have programs for investing into building housing’ Municipalities need to seek out investors in our Community and beyond to build housing, increasing the tax base.

Q. What one message do you hope gets out to the voters during this election campaign?

Our wonderful Community has great opportunities in front of us to take advantage of to attract new industry and new people.

Q. How can people contact you?

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 902-875-2043