Delta’s new mayor George Harvie, at his post-election celebration at Tsawwassen Springs on Oct. 20. (Grace Kennedy photo)

George Harvie wins race for Delta mayor

Harvie’s Achieving for Delta slate also took 4 of 6 seats on council and 3 of 7 seats on school board

The results are in: George Harvie will be Delta’s next mayor.

It was a huge win for the former city manager and his Achieving for Delta slate, taking a majority of seats on council (4 of 6) and a near-majority on school board (3 of 7).

Harvie won a hotly-contested race for mayor with 12,325 votes (39.56 per cent), beating out former Delta police chief Jim Cessoford (10,533 votes, 33.8 per cent), Counc. Sylvia Bishop (7,353 votes, 23.6 per cent) and newcomers Moneca Kolvyn (553 votes, 1.77 per cent), Vytas Vaitkus (221 votes, 0.71 per cent) and Alex Megalos (174 votes, 0.56 per cent).

“When we had the advanced polls come in, they are usually the best indicators as far as the trend for voting,” Harvie saidduring his after-voting celebration at Tsawwassen Springs. “I was extremely pleased and very humbled by the support thatthe Delta community has shown in me, and I’m looking forward to getting to work as the next mayor for the city of Delta.”

Achieving for Delta’s Alicia Guichon lead the race for council most of the night, coming in she was over 2,000 votes ahead of her nearest competitor, running mate and current mayor Lois Jackson.

“I never thought that would happen, but I’ll take it, it’s amazing,” Guichon said after the results came in.

“We were just going to leave it with the voters. But our team worked so hard and it showed in the polls, and I’m thrilled.”

Coming in third with only a couple hundred votes less the Jackson was retired Delta Fire chief Dan Copeland, who also ran under the Achieving for Delta banner, followed by incumbent councillors Jeannie Kanakos and Bruce McDonald, both running on the Independents Working for You ticket.

Rounding out council will be newcomer Dylan Kruger, who also ran on Harvie’s Achieving for Delta slate.

RELATED: LIVE BLOG: Full election results for Delta

Counc. Robert Campbell was the only incumbent not re-elected to council, coming in tenth place with 8,371 votes (5.29 per cent) with one poll remaining.

Incumbent school trustee and current board chair Laura Dixon won the race for school trustee, narrowly beating fellow Independents Working for You incumbent Nick Kanakos.

Achieving for Delta newcomers Daniel Boisvert, Erica Beard and Jessie Dosanjh came in third, fourth, and seventh, respectively, while incumbent trustee Val Windsor came in fifth. Kids Matter candidate and incumbent trustee Bruce Reid rounded out the winners.

Incumbent trustees Dale Saip and Rhiannon Bennett were not successful in their bids for re-election, coming in tenth (8,235 vote, 5.4 per cent) and thirteenth (6,951 votes, 4.56 per cent), respectively.

In the end, 31,434 of 72,557 registered voters cast a ballot in the election, putting voter turnout at 43.32 per cent.

More to come…



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

MADD Canada’s anti-impaired driving campaign coming to Surrey school

The ‘hard-hitting’ program is descending on schools across the country

Four teams left standing in fight for Surrey RCMP Classic basketball championship

School squads in all-Surrey tourney prep for Friday semifinals at Enver Creek gym

South Surrey woman mastering the stuff that matters

KonMari method, developed in Japan, draws on heart connection

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Barack Obama to speak at Vancouver event

Former U.S. president will speak with board of trade in March

Prince George could get province’s second BC Cannabis Store

The first brick-and-mortar government retail location opened in Kamloops on Oct. 17

B.C. chowdery caught up in ‘rat-in-soup’ scandal to close

Crab Park Chowdery will be shutting down Jan. 20

Caribou herd disappears from Kootenays after last cow relocated

One cow from the South Selkirk herd and two from the Purcells were moved this week

Vancouver councillors unanimously approve motion declaring climate emergency

Vancouver joins cities like Los Angeles and London

B.C. mayor criticizes school trustees ahead of paid trip to China

Brad West believes trip is unethical, and points to added safety concerns as relations grow tense

‘I never said there was no collusion,’ Trump lawyer says

President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he has ‘never said there was no collusion’

5 to start your day

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages, more trouble for Chilliwack man infamous for Stanley Cup riot assault on Good Samaritan and more

Body of Canadian miner found after African kidnapping

Kirk Woodman’s body was discovered 100 kilometres from the site where he worked for Progress Mineral Mining Company in Burkina Faso

Most Read