06/28/2013 01:26 EDT | Updated 08/28/2013 05:12 EDT

Chairman of Nova Scotia tourism group asked to resign over political ties

YARMOUTH, N.S. - Some municipal councillors in Yarmouth, N.S., are calling for the chairman of a regional tourism association to step down because of his political affiliations.

John Cunningham serves as a councillor in the neighbouring Municipality of the District of Yarmouth and is also running for the Progressive Conservatives in the next provincial election.

Yarmouth Coun. Ken Langille says he's received complaints from residents who believe the chairman of the Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association should be politically neutral.

The association's funding partners include the Town of Yarmouth and the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth.

Coun. Phil Mooney says stepping down would be the right thing to do, though not everyone agrees.

Coun. Sandy Dennis and deputy mayor Jim MacLeod both say Cunningham has not done anything wrong and should continue to serve as the association's chairman.

Cunningham says he hasn't broken the rules under any municipal acts, and will continue to serve as the association's chairman unless its board of directors asks him to resign.