Voters make their choice in two divisions in R.M. of Swift Current
There will be two new faces around the table at the next R.M. of Swift Current No. 137 council meeting on Nov. 6 as a result of the recent municipal elections.
The 2018 municipal elections in Saskatchewan rural municipalities took place on Oct. 24. This year's elections were held for councillors representing even-numbered divisions in rural municipalities.
In the R.M. of Swift Current the voters in Division No. 4 and 6 went to the polls. There were three candidates in Division No. 4, but voters focused their support on two individuals. Jim Cadrain received 59 votes to defeat incumbent Mark Carefoot, who received 51 votes. The third candidate, Keith Prytula, received no votes.
Two candidates stood for election in Division No. 6. Incumbent Gale Nerada was re-elected with support from 23 voters and his opponent Aaron Tait received 18 votes.
There was a single candidate in the other even-numbered division and incumbent Phillip Wall was therefore elected by acclamation in Division No. 2.
There will be a new councillor for Division No. 5 at the next council meeting. This division seat became vacant earlier this year after the resignation of Ken Doerksen as councillor. Council decided at a regular meeting in March to leave that position vacant until the municipal elections in the fall. Michael (Butch) Gering was nominated for the vacant seat and he was unopposed.
In the R.M. of Maple Creek No. 111 voting only took place in Division No. 6. Riley Huery is newly elected with 15 votes against nine votes for Doug Davidson. Candidates in the other divisions won by acclamation. Charles Parsonage (Division No. 2) and Shawn Kramer (Division No. 8) were re-elected and Wade Wasilow (Division No. 4) was newly elected.
The candidates in the R.M. of Gull Lake No. 139 were acclaimed. Patrick Simpson (Division No. 2) and Jason Craig (Division No. 6) were re-elected and Rob Toney (Division No. 4) was newly elected.
There were no elections in most other rural municipalities in southwest Saskatchewan, where candidates were unopposed and therefore acclaimed. All the election results from the 2018 rural municipal election are available on the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities website at http://elections.sarm.ca