No clear winner in NSTU presidential election, runoff vote to be held June 2

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union will elect their new president next month. Alexa MacLean/Global Halifax

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) will be holding a runoff election for a new president next week, after Wednesday’s vote did not result in a clear winner.

The first round of voting by the union’s approximately 9,500 members was conducted electronically. To become president of the NSTU, a candidate must receive 50 per cent plus one vote, in other words, a majority.

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“Peter Day and Ryan Lutes are candidates for the second ballot,” the NSTU wrote in a news release Wednesday night.

“Five other members from today’s first ballot, Michael Cosgrove, Shawn Hanifen, Mike Jamieson, Natalie MacIsaac, Colleen Scott have been dropped from the slate.”

According to the union, 60 per cent of its membership participated in the vote.

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The runoff election will be held June 2, and will again be conducted electronically.

Paul Wozney is the outgoing president, and has served the maximum two, two-year terms.

The union represents the province’s public school teachers, as well as members working for the Atlantic Provinces’ Special Education Authority.

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