We’re not taking this campaign for granted, we ask the same of our supporters.

We started canvassing in early May, we’re very encouraged and so pleased to hear of the continued support for Keith in Preston-Dartmouth. When I consider an alternative outcome, I am filled with an urgency to ensure Keith’s support turns out at the polls. We don’t consider any election to be a gimme. We’re canvassing hard, and Keith is knocking on as many doors as possible. We’ve happily installed many lawn signs and continue to deliver and install more everyday. We’re delivering our message to all the homes in the riding through Canada Post, and at the doors.

Keith has lived, and has been MLA for this area for a long time. He has a network of contacts throughout government to get things done. He knows who to call. He knows what action to take, and he, Maxine and Carole operate a machine of an office in the Constituency. Even in his duel Cabinet role, Keith is still very connected to the riding, and is here every Monday and Friday if he’s not promoting Nova Scotia Seafood or Agriculture exports in another time-zone.

One thing I’ve learned about Keith Colwell is he’s never the first one to push back his chair, or wind down a conversation, and spends as much time with a stakeholder as is needed. Quality time. When Keith canvasses a neighbourhood, he’s not watching the clock. It’s not a race to reach every door, but an effort to spend quality time with a family who is interested and engaged.

Keith takes his job very seriously, and often speaks of past conversations with his Federal brethren while both were in opposition, expounding on what they could achieve if they were both in office simultaneously. Well, since 2015 the Federal Liberals and the Provincial Liberals have acted quickly, and cooperation is winning the day. I see it everyday. Another majority Liberal Government in Nova Scotia is the absolute best thing that could happen in this election. The re-election of Keith Colwell in this riding of Preston-Dartmouth is the absolute best thing for our communities from Porters Lake to Lake Echo to East Preston to Lake Loon and Cherry Brook, to North Preston, Westphal and all the way to Caledonia Road in Dartmouth.

If you know Keith, you know what I am speaking about. If you’ve worked with Keith, you know what I am speaking about. If you’ve worked opposite Keith, you know what I am speaking about.

If you need to drive to the Advance Polls opening on Saturday, please call. If you need help to get to the voting booth on election day, please call. It is so important for our very immediate future, i.e. the next 4 years, that Keith’s supporters cast their vote. We’re not taking this campaign for granted, we ask the same of you.

Please vote in this election on, or by May 30th, and please make that vote count by voting Keith Colwell, Preston-Dartmouth.

Mark MacPhail
Campaign to Re-Elect Keith Colwell

Advance Polls

For those who wish to vote early, Elections Nova Scotia sets aside seven days of advance polls.  You may vote at any advance poll in the province.  The advance polls are open on Saturday to Saturday (closed Sunday) immediately before election day, from 9am to 6pm (open until 8pm on Thursday and Friday).

MAY 20 @ 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

East Preston Recreation Center 24 Brooks Dr East Preston (5 min, 5.5 km) Open Saturday May 20, 2017 to Saturday May 27, 2017, 9am – 6pm. Thursday May 25 and Friday May 26, 9am – 8pm. Closed Sunday.

Quick Facts:

You can vote at any early voting poll location in NS
For more information on how and where you can vote, please click here.

Returning Office Opens in Preston-Dartmouth

You can already vote at any Returning Office in the Province.

The Preston-Dartmouth Returning Office opened on May 2nd at the former City Heights Church located at 946 Highway #7, in Westphal.

If you didn’t know, each of the 51 Returning Officers in the province, reside in their respective district, and each is appointed by Nova Scotia’s Chief Electoral Officer. They administer the electoral process in the district and are impartial and non-partisan.

The Returning Office is the heart of the election in any district and must conduct the election according to the standards of the Chief Electoral Officer and the Elections Act.

It’s out of the Returning Office that election staff are appointed and trained. They also keep the List of Electors for each polling division up to date and available, as well as revising it during and between elections.

During an election, the District Returning Office registers new voters who may have turned 18 since the last election, or new residents having been in the province for 6 months since the election call on Sunday, April 30th.

The Preston-Dartmouth Returning office is at 946 Main Street. The full address and phone number is below.

To find any other Returning Office in the province, enter your postal code or address in the Where Do I Vote? link below. It will take you to Web Application on Elections Nova Scotia’s website.

Where do I Vote?

In the offseason, as it were, the Returning Officers undertake projects as directed by the Chief Electoral Officer.

Preston-Dartmouth District 18 Returning Office
946 Highway 7,
Westphal, NS
B2W 3V3

Returning Officer
Brenda Brushett


I love what I do!

Hello everyone,

Sometime in the next year, the Premier will call an election. I have been fortunate to be re-elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature before, and am proud to be nominated again by our Association to represent our party in this great riding of Preston-Dartmouth in the next general election, because I love what I do!

Stay tuned here for additional information.