10/21/2012 12:39 EDT | Updated 12/21/2012 05:12 EST

Former Tory Cecil Clarke wins mayoral bid in Cape Breton Regional Municipality

SYDNEY, N.S. - A former provincial cabinet minister has won the Cape Breton Regional Municipality's mayoral race.

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.