There are two new Mayors in our region. Marcel Michaels in Hinton (left) and Kevin Zahara in Edson (right). There will be another in Lac Ste. Anne County following incumbent Mayor Bill Hegy’s defeat.
The 2017 Alberta municipal elections are over. Candidates worked hard to get elected and there were victories and defeats. It would be nice however, if more of the electorate turned out to vote. That’s a topic for another day though. In the meantime, here’s a run down of our new councils starting with the towns. Results were official as at noon on October 20.
In Jasper, Richard Ireland is the Mayor again, councillors are: Paul Butler, Rico Damota, Albert Journault, Helen Kelleher-Empey, Jenna McGrath and Scott Archibald Wilson.
In Grande Cache, Herb Castle is the Mayor again, councillors are: Duane Edward Didow, Tyler Olsen, Yvonne Rempel, Jim Savory, Rob Staples and Johannes Zwart.
In Hinton, Marcel Michaels is the new Mayor, councillors are: Trevor Haas, Ryan Maguhn, Dewly Nelson, Alberta Ostashek, JoAnn Race and Tyler Waugh.
In Edson, Kevin Zahara is the new Mayor, councillors are: Krystal Baier, Trevor Bevan, Gean Chouinard, Jacqui Currie, Troy Sorenson and Janet Wilkinson. The Town of Edson reported that there were a total of 1,897 votes cast out of 6,518 eligible voters for a 29 per cent voter turnout.
In Whitecourt, Maryann Chichak is the Mayor again, councillors are: Bill McAree, Ray Hilts, Tom Pickard, Derek Schlosser and Paul Chauvet. The Town of Whitecourt reported that voter turnout for the 2017 Municipal Election was 31 per cent.
In Mayerthorpe, the entire council was acclaimed. Kate Patrick is the Mayor again, councillors are Jonathon Arseneault, Pat Burns, Patrick Hagman, Janet Jabush, Bernie Jogola and Sandra Morton. Moving on to the counties. In Yellowhead County, Gerald Soroka is the Mayor again, councillors are: Sandra Cherniawsky, Antony Giezen, Penny Lowe, David Russell, Shawn Berry, Wade P. Williams, Dawn Mitchell and Lavone Olson.
In Woodlands County, council elects the mayor, councillors are: Sylvia Bonnett, John Burrows, Ron Govenlock, Jim Rennie, Bruce Prestidge, Dale McQueen and Dale Kluin.
In Lac Ste. Anne County, council will decide upon a new mayor, councillors are: Lorne Olsvik, Nick Gelych, George Vaughan, Steve Hoyda, Joe Blakeman, Ross Bohnet and Lloyd Giebelhaus.
In Parkland County, Rod Shaigec is the Mayor again, councillors are: AnnLisa Jensen, Jackie McCuaig, Phyllis Kobasiuk, Darrell Hollands, John Alexander McNab and Tracey Melnyk.
The school division trustee results can be found on our education page. We can now sit back for a while before Alberta goes to the polls again for the provincial elections around May 2019.
File photos The McLeod River Post