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

Surrey RCMP hunt for robbery suspect after woman threatened while using ATM

Police say a man demanded a woman withdraw money from her account while threatening her with a weapon

Semiahmoo advances to B.C. peewee hockey final against Burnaby Winter Club

Ravens to square off against only team to defeat them during provincial tournament

SOCCER: A Surrey coach recalls Alphonso Davies’ rise, days after his first goal for Bayern Munich

Injury may prevent the budding star, 18, from playing for Team Canada in Vancouver on Sunday

Tory MPs chant ‘cover up’ during federal budget delivery

Liberal government’s fourth budget delivered in House of Commons Tuesday, but nobody could hear it

Former South Surrey boxer relishing role on Riverdale

Peninsula resident Darcy Hinds has recurring role on popular CW series

VIDEO: Can you believe it? This B.C. hill pulls cars backwards up a slope

Sir Isaac Newton had clearly never been to this Vernon anomaly when he discovered gravity

Canucks hang on for 7-4 win over Senators

Horvat nets 2 for Vancouver

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1

Prime minister defends Liberal budget measures as sales effort gets underway

Conservatives under Andrew Scheer say it’s a spree funded by borrowing against the future

Mayor meets with B.C. health minister on homeless taxi transfers

Two homeless people were discharged from Surrey Memorial and sent to a Chilliwack shelter

Teacher reprimanded for conduct towards special needs student

Alan Stephen Berry told vice principal he did not have time to use positive strategies

‘Full worm super moon’ to illuminate B.C. skies on first day of spring

Spring has sprung, a moon named in honour of thawing soil marks final super moon until 2020

Having phone within sight while driving does not violate law: B.C. judge

The mere presence of a cell phone within sight of a driver is not enough for a conviction, judge says

Fraser Health under fire again for taxiing homeless man from Langley to Hope

Patient sent to Hope shelter because a spot in the man’s home community couldn’t be located

Most Read