Townshippers choose their councils
people have spoken. Always hard to predict, yesterday’s municipal elections held a few surprises. Here in Stanstead, only two council seats were up for grabs and they were won by Rollande Rouleau, who got 54.76 % of the votes, and AJ Bedard with 81.84% of the vote. Voter turnout wasn’t great, at a little under 20%, but not too bad considering only two council seats were being contested.
In Stanstead Township where there was a threeway race for the mayor’s seat, Francine Caron Markwell won with 50.59%. Her rivals, Stephane Pouliot and Therese McCutcheon, split the rest of the votes 29.08 % and 20.34% respectively. For council seats, Christian Laporte (65.81% of the votes) won over Gaston Blain (34.19%) and George Charles Atkins (64.15%) beat Terry Loucks (35.85%).
In Ogden, where there were multiple candidates for every position, voter turnout was good at 57.7%. Michael Sudlow won over incumbent Lise Routhier for the mayor’s seat, getting 270 votes to her 139 votes. Elected to council were Joe Stairs, Jean R. Roy, Alain Carrier, Robert Lebrun and Richard Roy. In North Hatley, (see table p. 5) where voter turnout was even better at 69.9%, incumbent Michael Page received 252 votes for mayor, compared with John Gronan’s 108 votes. Interestingly enough, all three council seats that were being contested were lost by the three incumbents: Michael Dudgeon, Dara Jane Loomis and Gerald Ostiguy. Those seats were won by Marcelle Davis Gerrish, Claude Villeneuve and Alain Beaulieu, all by considerable margins.
In Hatley Township, where only mayor Martin Primeau was elected by acclamation, all four incumbent councilors, Vincent Fontaine, Claude Meilleur, Guy Larkin and Sylvie Cassar were reelected. Also elected were Pat Clowery and Jacques Bogenez. Only one seat in Ayer’s Cliff was being contested and that was won by Robert Lacoste with 179 votes compared to Paul Britton who got 69 votes. In the Borough of
Lennoxville, David Price received 80.48% of the vote for the seat on the Sherbrooke council, beating Nicolas Balasi who received 266 votes and Jean Guy Dorval who got 58 votes. Mr. Price received 1,336 votes. Voter turnout in Sherbrooke, where Bernard Sevigny was reelected mayor, was 42%.
Vicki May Hamm was the clear winner in Magog, receiving 5,106 votes while her closest competitior, Michel Bombardier, got 3,078 votes. Turnout was at 52.3%. Voter participation in Waterville, where 23 candidates were running, was good at 55.8%. Mayoral candidate Nathalie Dupuis received 609 votes while her rival Vincent Dionne got 132 and Clifford Reed got 62.
There was a tight race in Eastman for the mayor’s seat where Yvon Laramee got 630 votes compared to incumbent Gerard Marinovich’s 557 votes. Voter turnout was high at 68.9%. The former mayor of Potton, Jacques Marcoux, was also defeated, losing to Louis Veillon. Compton residents elected Bernard Vanasse as their new mayor.
North Hatley mayor Michael Page (centre) is seen here with two of his newly elected councillors, Marcelle Davis Gerrish and Claude Villeneuve.
Francine Caron Markwell was elected as mayor of Stanstead Township on Sunday evening, capturing 50.59 % of the votes against her two rivals.