According to the unofficial election results, Gerry Thiessen has been re-elected as mayor of the District of Vanderhoof with 62.3 per cent of the vote.
Thiessen, who awaited the results of the election at home with family and friends, says he’s excited to have the chance to serve a fourth term as mayor. “It’s reassuring that we’re on the right track, and that we’re, as a community, growing in a common theme. So I guess that’s the biggest reassurance, that there’s a sense that we’re going in the right direction.”
As for the future, he says the first order of business will be getting the new council members up to speed and learning more about what issues they would like to address. Then, he says, there are two main issues to focus on over the winter.
“Number one is every community has a housing issue and we’re no different. And so we have a couple projects that we’re looking for funding for, for seniors and affordable housing. So we’ll be working on that, and then the second thing is we as a community decided a while ago that we want to somehow encourage more investment in the community.” To do that, he says the council has a committee dedicated to the creation of a tax revitalization plan.
He adds he expects the new swimming pool will also be open mid-December.
Four incumbent councillors and two new faces will form the new district council. They are Kevin Moutray with 763 votes, Brian Frenkel with 761 votes, Ken Young with 728 votes, Cyndi Lauze with 700 votes, John Murphy with 628 votes, and Spencer Siemens with 497 votes.
UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS
District of Vanderhoof, 8:50 p.m.
Gerry Thiessen – 719
Justus Benckhuysen – 425
Kevin Moutray – 763
Brian Frenkel – 761
Ken Young – 728
Cyndi Lauze – 700
John Murphy – 628
Spencer Siemens – 497
Steve Little – 464
LeRoy Vossler – 451
Roy Spooner – 366
More to come.