Become a Member of Council

Municipal Election 2024

Residents of Trenton, like all Nova Scotians, will choose their Municipal representatives on October 19, 2024.

In addition to choosing a Mayor for the Town, voters will elect four (4) Councillors, each elected for a four-year term. Trenton voters elect the Mayor and Councillors, while the Deputy Mayor is selected and appointed through a Council motion annually. Councillors do not represent a specific district or ward, but rather each serves the Town as a whole.

If you are considering running in the municipal election, we recommend that you start by reading the pdf Candidate’s Guide to Municipal and School Board Elections (466 KB)  to learn general information, key dates, and more. 

Who can run in a municipal election?

To qualify to run as a candidate in a municipal election (mayor or councillor), you must be:

  • 18 years of age at the time of nomination
  • a Canadian citizen
  • ordinarily resident in the Town of Trenton for six months preceding nomination day, and continue to so reside

There are several disqualifications, for a complete list please consult the Candidate Information Guide (link above) or view the Municipal Elections Act, (MEA) Section 18.

How to Become A Candidate

Returning Officer Josephine MacDonald will manage the election for the six municipalities in Pictou County. Her office is now open by appointment only. Regular office hours will be announced when they are set up.

If you are interested in running for office in the Town of Trenton, Town of New Glasgow, Town of Stellarton, Town of Westville, Town of Pictou or the Municipality of Pictou County, please contact Returning Officer Josephine MacDonald by email at  or by phone at 902-485-2241.

The final day to register to become a candidate is September 10, 2024.

How to Vote

All voting in the upcoming October 19th election will be electronic. Voters will have the option to vote online or by phone. Voter cards and more information on how to vote will be announced in future correspondence.

There will be two advance polls on October 12, 2024 from Noon to 8:00pm and October 15, 2024 from Noon to 8:00pm. For advance polls there will be kiosks set up in each municipality where voters can have assistance with electronic voting.

Residents will be able to cast their electronic ballots between midnight on October 6, 2024 and October 19, 2024 at 7:00pm. This can be done with any electronic device or at a kiosk on Election Day.

Returning Officer

Josephine MacDonald
Phone: 902-485-2241
46 Municipal Drive, Pictou, NS B0K 1H0

Visit the Elections Pictou County website for updates and information about the 2024 Municipal Election!

Additional Information for Prospective Candidates

More information for voters about Canadian Democracy

Nova Scotia Dept. of Municipal Affairs - New Municipal Councilors Guide