Cecil Clarke won the municipality's top job Saturday, beating out four other candidates with 59 per cent of the vote.
Clarke was a Progressive Conservative member for Cape Breton North and has served as attorney general, justice minister, energy minister and Speaker of the legislature.
His website says he plans to develop a port development strategy and to expand emergency services in the municipality.
Clarke replaces John Morgan, who decided not to seek re-election after serving as mayor for 12 years.
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