Town­ship­pers choose their coun­cils

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier


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.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

North Hat­ley mayor Michael Page (cen­tre) is seen here with two of his newly elected coun­cil­lors, Mar­celle Davis Ger­rish and Claude Vil­leneuve.

Photo cour­tesy

Francine Caron Mark­well was elected as mayor of Stanstead Town­ship on Sun­day evening, cap­tur­ing 50.59 % of the votes against her two ri­vals.

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