2008 Halifax municipal election

The Halifax Regional Municipality is governed by a mayor (elected at large) and a twenty-three person council, who are elected by geographic district; municipal elections occur every four years. HRM has established community councils where three or more councillors agree to form these councils to deal primarily with local development issues. Most community council decisions are subject to final approval by regional council. The incumbent Mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality was Peter J. Kelly.

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The Halifax Regional Council is responsible for all facets of municipal government, including the Halifax Regional Police, Halifax Public Libraries, Halifax Fire and Emergency, Halifax Regional Water Commission, parks and recreation, civic addressing, public works, waste management, and planning and development.

The 2008 municipal elections of the Halifax Regional Municipality took place on 18 October 2008 in conjunction with Municipal elections across the province. Elections have been held every four years since the amalgamation of the cities of Halifax and Dartmouth, the town of Bedford and Halifax County into the Halifax Regional Municipality in 1996. At the time, the regional council was made up of twenty-three councillors and one mayor, all positions were up for election.

There are no political parties at the municipal level in Nova Scotia, so all candidates run as independents. Voter turnout in the last 2004 mayoral election was 54.45%.[1]

Advance voting was available using an internet voting system.

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HRM Total Population, 2007 Census: 385,500
Candidate Votes  % ±
Peter J. Kelly(Incumbent) 57229 56.827
Sheila Fougere 41107 40.818
David Boyd 2372 2.356
Turnout 100708 26.124

(Polls reporting: 569 of 570)

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Total Population, 2006 Census: 13,655
Candidate Votes  % ±
Steve Streatch(Incumbent) 2312 61.46%
Bridget Ann Boutilier 1450 38.54%
Turnout 3762 37.05%

2004 Election – Steve Streatch 2,366 (46.4%); Laurie Taylor 1,367 (26.9%); Martin Singh 740 (14.59%); Randy Carter 600 (11.83%) – Voter turnout: 54.58%

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