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GOODBYE  SHARON

 

 

Uber election doubles vote count over 2014 to elect

new mayor Ken Popove

 

 

Sharon Gatez was upbeat despite losing to Ken Popove in a dual for mayor of Chilliwack.

 

 

STAFFVOICE PHOTOS

FRIDAY—OCTOBER—

 

 

n 2014, votes for mayor and council totaled 68,116. In 2018, votes for mayor and council doubled totaling 136,796.

They say a week in a politician's life is considered a long time. After ten years as mayor, Gaetz (7,426 votes) was toppled by incumbent Ken Popove (8,432). Most people thought it would be a tug-of-war between Gaetz and the troubled Sam Waddington (6,988). Waddington's opening salvo put him ahead of Gaetz who later muscled her way past him leaving her to swim upstream against a river of Popove support. Some thought Popove would just steal enough votes to make it a horse race between Waddington and Gaetz. But surprisingly, Popove took the lead and held onto it as poll after poll reported.
 


Gaetz never stopped smiling as she watched the struggle with Popove go against her. Afterward, she thanked her supporters and said she was pleased and honoured to have represented the City in the capacity as mayor for 10 years. Gaetz's husband, Jim, told The Voice that they had plans to travel to Spain. We wish them fair winds.

 

 

It was predictable that Bud Mercer (12,053) would be elected because of his ties with the RCMP, but he did surprise with a whopping amount of support.

 

 

A surprise Saturday evening was seeing Brigida Crosbie (409) trail behind Dave Rowan (775) who some people thought was more of a comedian than a politician. It might be a lesson to Crosbie to lighten up and be less intense in her next election campaign which could be in the federal election Monday, October 21, 2019.



For council seats, Jason Lum (15,604) cleaned house beating his nearest contender Chris Kloot (13,298) by over 2000 votes.

It was predictable that Bud Mercer (12,053) would be elected because of his ties with the RCMP, but he did surprise with a whopping amount of support. Jeff Shields, an accountant by trade, was another predictable winner due to his community social services and CEPCO connections.

It was a surprise for some to see Sue Attrill (10,113) re-elected because they thought that MacAhonic would be replace her, however she ended up with 1000 votes over dark horse Harv Westeringh (8,745) who rounded out council seats.

 

 

For the most part, all candidates garnered plenty of support from voters

 

Patti MacAhonic (6,227), who is deeply embedded in community with her Ann Davis Society connections, and Louis De Jaegger (7,931) with his Native ties, stood flat-footed as they were elbowed out of the way. De Jaegger may fly in the federal elections Monday, October 21, 2019 under the NDP banner against Strahl. Otherwise, look for them both back with the provincial elections on or before October 16, 2021.



For the most part, all candidates garnered plenty of support from voters. So they shouldn't be taking it too hard and maybe they won't want to throw away those campaign signs just yet.

Dan Coulter (10,748) came away with the most votes on the School Board elections. This held a couple of surprises with Willow Reichert (9,170) and David Swankey (7,696). We can look to see Reichert facing off with second place finisher Barry Neufeld (9,226), who'll be supported by Heather Maahs (9,173) over the SOGI issue. It may be that the alt-left crowd will back off a bit considering he is elected as a trustee again with a major portion of votes. A surprise was that Sylvia Dyck (6,497) is out. Most thought she was a lifer like Martha Weins was.

Regarding the Cultus Lake Park Board Darcy Bauer (9,085) and David Renwick (8,962) will remain with their stranglehold as commissioners on the Cultus Lake Park Board and Pat Quigley (7,331) had a very strong finish with his visionary plans and backed by the local marina owner.

There you have it: beginning of story, end of story, that’s the story.

 

 

 


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