Election 2014: Little change in Delta

All five councillors earn another term, five trustees re-elected to Board of Education

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Voters in Delta have opted for more of the same.

All five members of council have been reelected to serve alongside Mayor Lois Jackson, as was Heather King, a former councillor who lost to Jackson in a bid for the mayor’s chair in 2011.

Jackson was elected by acclamation for a sixth term, which she says will be her last, and will see some familiar faces in the council chamber over the next four years.

Ian Paton and Robert Campbell of Jackson’s DIVA (Delta Independent Voters Association) team will return to council, as will Bruce McDonald and Jeannie Kanakos of the IWFY (Independents Working For You) banner. Independent Sylvia Bishop, who was first elected in 2011 with the second-highest vote total behind only Paton, was also reelected with the highest vote total in this election.

Bishop received 13,579 votes, with runnerup Kanakos collecting 12,028. Paton (11,803), McDonald (11,761) and King (11,339) were right behind, while Campbell (9,673) easily snared the final seat on council.

Rod Binder (8,781) of DIVA was 892 votes shy of a place on council.

(Delta council currently has just five councillors following the resignation of Scott Hamilton, who was elected MLA for Delta North in 2013).

Voter turnout was 32.1 per cent, slightly down from 33.7 in 2011.

Five of seven trustees on the Delta Board of Education were re-elected. While Simon Truelove did not seek re-election, Laura Dixon, Fabian Milat, Dale Saip, Val Windsor and Nick Kanakos were returned to the board.

Dixon topped the polls as she did in 2011, with 12,362 votes, 1,041 more than runner-up Kanakos (11,321). Both ran under the IWFU banner.

Windsor (9,643), an independent, was a solid third in the polls, just ahead of Bruce Reid of Kids Matter. Reid earned his first term on the board with an impressive fourth-place finish, totaling 8,510 votes.

REAL (Responsible Education and Academic Leadership) candidates Saip (8,231) and Milat (7,915) rounded out the top six.

Two Kids Matter candidates battled for the final seat on the board, with Rhiannon Bennett (7,702) edging Nic Slater (7,656) by just 46 votes.

The lone incumbent trustee to go down to defeat was independent Donna Burke. After grabbing the final seat on the Delta board in 2011 by placing seventh, she dropped to ninth this year, 397 votes shy of reelection.



Lois Jackson (acclaimed)


Sylvia Bishop 13,579

Jeannie Kanakos, IWFY 12,028

Ian Paton, DIVA 11,803

Bruce McDonald, IWFY 11,761

Heather King 11,339

Robert Campbell, DIVA 9,673

Rod Binder, DIVA 8,781

Nicholas Wong, DC 6,355

Jennifer Thoss, DC 6,256

Lori Mayhew, DC 5,169

Johann Ackerman, DC 5,132

Peter Mattoo 4,984

Ron Calliou 1,732

School trustee

Laura Dixon, IWFY 12,362

Nick Kanakos, IWFY 11,321

Val Windsor 9,643

Bruce Reid, KM 8,510

Dale Saip, REAL 8,231

Fabian Milat, REAL 7,915

Rhiannon Bennett, KM 7,702

Nic Slater, KM 7,656

Donna Burke 7,305

Scott Stoilen, REAL 6,122

Brad Sherwin 4,924

Laura Michelle Thomas 4,715

Carla Qualtrough, REAL 4,680

Corrine Atwood 3,998

Susan Fetterkind 3,287

Phil Hurt 2,895


Surrey North Delta Leader

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