DELTA – Saturday’s civic election produced just one new face on Delta council – in the form of former councillor Heather King.
King, who served one term before launching an unsuccessful run for the mayor’s chair three years ago, has been returned to council after finishing fifth in the polls.
King said she’s extremely pleased to be back at the table and said she’s also pleased there’s no majority block on council.
"It’s going to be healthy, interesting debates where people are listening to city hall. This is what people want, obviously," she said Saturday night from municipal hall.
King added council members will have to roll up their sleeves and work together on some big issues, including the MK Delta Lands proposal.
King joins five incumbents – Ian Paton, Sylvia Bishop, Bruce McDonald, Jeannie Kanakos and Robert Campbell – on council.
She takes the seat vacated by Scott Hamilton, who is now the Liberal MLA for Delta North.
McDonald, who finished fourth in the polls, said he wasn’t surprised all the incumbents were returned. He said there weren’t any huge issues facing council that would have created a large voter turnout and a change in the complexion of local government.
He also said the campaign lost some spark because there wasn’t a mayoral race.
Campbell, who was returned for a sixth term on council, said he’s happy to be back. He said faces have been changing on council over the years, but only incrementally.
Mayor Lois Jackson, who was acclaimed for a sixth term after no challengers came forward, said she was pleased there wasn’t a significant drop off in voter turnout given there was no mayor’s race.
Voter turnout was 32.11 per cent, slightly below the 33.5 per cent in 2011.
She said they really pushed hard to get the vote out.
SCHOOL BOARD RESULTS
Incumbents also did well in the race for the Delta school board’s seven seats. Five of the six sitting trustees – Laura Dixon, Nick Kanakos, Val Windsor, Dale Saip and Fabian Milat – were re-elected. They have been joined by a pair of newcomers, Bruce Reid and Rhainnon Bennett, both members of the Kids Matter slate.
Incumbent Donna Burke was defeated.
Dixon, who was board chair in the previous term, had endorsed Burke during the campaign and was sorry to see she did not get re-elected.
"Donna’s loss will be keenly felt," Dixon said. "I’m really sad that she wasn’t successful tonight."
Reid and Bennett both received the endorsement of the Delta Teachers’ Association.
Dixon said while both have backgrounds in education and working with youth, the new trustees will have a steep learning curve in the beginning.
"I want to congratulate all the candidates who put their names forward," she said.
Nic Slater, the third member of the Kids Matter slate, finished eighth, narrowly missing a seat on the board.