Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue elects new mayor and council
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.
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.
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue’s new mayoris Paola Hawa.