Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue elects new mayor and coun­cil

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For­mer Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue coun­cil­lor Pao­la Ha­wa is now mayor and the new­ly elec­ted lea­der, who beat for­mer Mon­treal po­lice de­part­ment com­man­der Paul Cha­blo in Sun­day’s elec­tion, cre­dits te­na­ci­ty with the win.

Ha­wa says she ran an “old­fa­shio­ned boots on the ground” cam­pai­gn that in­clu­ded a lot of hard work.

She’s al­so plea­sed that hers was a clean race ba­sed on sub­stance and ideas.

Ha­wa gar­ne­red 1,082 votes, while Cha­blo re­cei­ved 922 votes. A to­tal of 56.8 % of people tur­ned out in Sun­day’s elec­tion in Sainte-Anne-deBel­le­vue. Ha­wa says she re­cei­ved a let­ter of con­gra­tu­la­tions Mon­day from Cha­blo, which she cal­led a “ve­ry clas­sy move,” as well as a let­ter from out­going mayor Francis De­roo.

Ha­wa will head a new coun­cil that will on­ly in­clude one re­tur­ning coun­cil­lor, Ryan Young (Dist. 2), who nar­row­ly beat his op­ponent, Ger­ry La­vigne, by nine votes. Young re­cei­ved 182 votes to La­vigne’s 173. “It was a tough race,” Young said Mon­day. “Ger­ry had a good amount of sup­port in the dis­trict but I guess I had a lit­tle bit more.”

La­vigne had ser­ved on the pre­vious coun­cil with Young, but in a dif­ferent dis­trict. It was a sur­prise to Young when La­vigne an­noun­ced an in­ten­tion to chal­lenge him for the seat.

Young, a no­ted en­vi­ron­men­ta­list who feels re­si­dents vo­ted for change Sun­day, says he’s rea­dy to get to work and see ma­ny elec­tion pro­mises put in­to place.

“I think the elec­to­rate vo­ted for pu­blic consul­ta­tion and more trans­pa­ren­cy,” Young said, ad­ding he and Ha­wa had pro­mi­sed du­ring their res­pec­tive cam­pai­gns to pu­blish agen­das for coun­cil mee­tings be­fore mee­tings, ra­ther than du­ring or af­ter.

Young would al­so like the town to sim­pli­fy the way it dis­se­mi­nates in­for­ma­tion to re­si­dents. He feels an oft used le­ga­lese for­mat is not ea­sy for the ave­rage ci­ti­zen to de­ci­pher, or take note of.

And items to top his prio­ri­ty list in­clude ope­ning a dog park in his dis­trict, im­ple­men­ting stra­te­gies that will force the of­ten young dri­vers in the col­lege town to slow down, and im­pro­ving Sainte-Anne’s pu­blic se­cu­ri­ty pre­sence. “Right now we don’t have pu­blic se­cu­ri­ty 24-hours a day, se­ven days a week. I think we need that,” he said.

Roun­ding out Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue’s coun­cil are Da­na Che­va­lier for Dist. 1, who re­cei­ved 46.83 % of the vote, An­drée Des­champs in Dist. 3, who gar­ne­red 34.40 %, Da­niel Boyer for Dist. 4 with 56.68 % of votes, Yvan La­belle in Dist. 5, 64.41 %, and Dist. 6’s Mi­chel Bou­dreault who sound­ly won the seat with 68.56 % of votes. Sainte-Anne’s coun­cil and mayor are ex­pec­ted to be sworn du­ring the eve­ning on Nov. 11.

PHO­TO KRIS­TI­NA EDSON

Ad­mit­ting he is a “green mayor,” Ro­bert Gri­mau­do, seen here du­ring Saint La­zare’s last Ar­bor Day, was elec­ted to a full four-year term Sun­day.

PHOTOTHEQUE

Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue’s new mayo­ris Pao­la Ha­wa.

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