The Village of Chester is pleased to announce the results of the January 18, 2023 Special Meeting/By-Election for Village Commissioner. Following is the count of votes:

CAROL NAUSS 68 Elected Commissioner, January 2023 to June 2023



The Village congratulates our new Commissioner and looks forward to Carol Nauss joining the Commission team and thanks Tom Mulrooney for expressing an interest in the work of the Village and running for the position.

UPDATE - January 12, 2023 - Catherine Clute has withdrawn her nomination; leaving two (2) candidates:

  • Carol Nauss of Main Street
  • Tom Mulrooney of Queen Street

January 18, 2023, Election Update – Village of Chester Commission

Please be advised that three (3) candidates have been nominated for the position of Commissioner of the Village of Chester.

  • Carol Nauss of Main Street
  • Catherine Clute of Prince Street
  • Tom Mulrooney of Queen Street

There will be an election held at a special meeting of the Village on January 18, 2023, at the Canadian Legion, Chester Branch, 14 Union Street.

The winning candidate of this election will serve until the regular Election that follows the 2023 Annual Public Meeting (approximately June 2023).

The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. There will be a short explanation of the reason why there is a By-Election and an explanation of the voting process. This will be a vote-by-ballot with three candidates and only one vote per elector. No further nominations will be accepted at the meeting.

Candidates will each be offered a brief opportunity to introduce themselves and make remarks.

Electors will be invited to come forward to the polling station, have their names checked against the voter list, and be issued a ballot.

Please note that electors wishing to vote must present identification that shows they reside in the Village. Please be aware that not all Driver’s licences have a street address! If required another form of identification that shows a street address (such as a tax bill) may be required.

Electors will be invited to use one of the confidential voting booths to mark their ballot and place it in the ballot box.

Voting will be halted when the eligible electors present at the meeting have placed their ballot in the box. Electors who come after 7:00 will not be barred from entry, but once the Returning Officer confirms that everyone present who wishes to vote has done so, the poll will be closed and no further votes will be accepted.

In the presence of two scrutineers, the ballot box will be opened. The votes shall be read aloud and tallied by two poll workers.

Following counting, the results shall be read aloud in front of anyone who wishes to observe. The person having the greatest number of votes will be declared elected.

If there is a tie, the outcome will be determined by lot as prescribed by the Municipal Elections Act, with the lot drawn by someone selected at random from the crowd.

By-Election/Special Meeting Jan 18, 2023

On October 31, 2022, Commissioner Martin Hiltz resigned from the Village Commission. As required by the Municipal Government Act, the Village will be holding an election to fill the remainder of the term, which expires in June of 2023. The winning candidate in this election will serve until June 2023 when this position will be subject to a regular election to be filled for three years.

The Election will be held by hidden ballot at a Special Meeting of the Village Electors at 7:00 pm on January 18, 2023, at the Chester Legion, 14 Union Street. You must be an elector in the Village of Chester to vote. All electors are asked to bring identification that shows your civic address (please note that not all Driver’s Licenses show the address).

Anyone interested in running as a candidate in the Election may download the nomination package, or pick up a copy of the package from the Village Office at 27 Pleasant Street, Chester during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm). Interested candidates must complete the nomination form including the signature of five (5) electors from the Village and swear the Oath of Candidate. Nomination day is January 11, 2023, and any interested candidate must submit their application before 4:00 pm on that day. Should no eligible candidate come forward for this position it will be filled via the regular election process in June of 2023.

Should only one eligible candidate come forward the position will be filled by acclamation. In either of these situations, the special meeting will be cancelled and notice will be posted on the Village website and Facebook page.

Who can vote in the Village Election?

You can vote in the election if:

  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You are a Canadian Citizen
  • You have resided in the Village of Chester for at least the past 6 (six) months
  • Your name appears on the Elector’s list (or if you take the Oath of Elector)
  • You have identification that verifies you are a resident of the Village

A map of the Village boundaries can be seen at the Polling Station or the Village Map (905 KB) .

Qualifications of an Elector are set by the Nova Scotia Municipal Government Act and the Nova Scotia Municipal Elections Act.

Nomination Package