Historic Municipal Elections - October 15, 2016, 8 people of colour names are on the ballots

Shelley Fashan, Anthony Kawalski, Carlos Beals, Mohammad Ehsan (top, left to right), Gabriel Enxuga, Irvine Carvery, Lindell Smith and Iona Stoddard (bottom, left to right) are all running in the Halifax municipal election. (Facebook/Twitter/CBC)  This Image is courtesy of CBC.

Shelley Fashan, Anthony Kawalski, Carlos Beals, Mohammad Ehsan (top, left to right), Gabriel Enxuga, Irvine Carvery, Lindell Smith and Iona Stoddard (bottom, left to right) are all running in the Halifax municipal election. (Facebook/Twitter/CBC)  This Image is courtesy of CBC.

A group of Nova Scotians of colour have made history today by their desire to see changes in our political landscape. Starting at the municipal level. These individuals put themselves through a rigorous process of public scrutiny. They knocked on thousands of residents doors, answered questions, sometimes experiencing challenging. They answered questions about their vision in the print media, responded to interviews both on the radio, on television as well as town hall debated.

Whatever the outcome, they are already winners. They are leaders, they have opened the doors and shown us that it can be done. With determination, courage, ambition and support change is possible.

Councillor Downey was the first  and only elected African Nova Scotian elected in 1974, he died in 2015, and never witnessed this day. I believe he's rejoicing to see this unprecedented turn of events in our history.

As members of the public cast their votes today, we sincerely trust that news and image tomorrow will be different. We need change and we need it fast.