By Mamta Lulla
Early numbers show Parkland County Mayor Rod Shaigec will stay on another term.
Same goes for incumbent/mayor William Choy in the Town of Stony Plain who will stay on as the Mayor as per the unofficial results. In the City of Spruce Grove, incumbent Stuart Houston will stay on another term.
Spruce Grove incumbent council candidates Searle Turton and Wayne Rothe will carry on for another term. Council candidates Dave Oldham, Erin Stevenson, Michelle Thiebaud-Gruhlke and Chantal McKenzie have been elected as per the unofficial results posted on the city website.
Voter turnout in Spruce Grove is close to 28.29 per cent.
In the Town of Stony Plain, incumbents Judy Bennett and Bruce Lloy will stay on for another term. Newcomer candidates Linda Matties, Justin Laurie, Eric Meyer and Harold Pawlechko have found themselves a seat on council.
Voter turnout in Stony Plain is close to 29.2 per cent.
At Parkland County, Division 1 and 2 candidates AnnLisa Jensen and Jackie McCuaig were acclaimed. Incumbents Phyllis Kobasiuk in Division 3, Darrell Hollands in Division 4, John McNab in Division 5, Tracey Melnyk in Division 6 were re-elected according to the unofficial results.
Voter turnout in the county is about 20.48 per cent.
In Parkland School Division incumbent Ron Heinrichs and Sally Johnson were re-elected as the school board trustees. New trustee candidate Lorraine Stewart, Paul McCann were elected in Division 2 and 4 respectively. In Division 5, incumbent Eric Cameron and candidates Anne Montgomery and Darlene Clarke have secured a seat each.
The results announced will be considered unofficial until noon on Oct. 20. Candidates have until noon on Oct. 18 to ask for recounts. As of the morning of Oct. 17, no one had asked for a recount said Doug Tymchyshyn, legislative Services manager/chief legislative officer for Parkland County and returning officer for Parkland School Division No. 70.
He said one issue during this election was confusion among voters between the federal voting stations and the municipal voting stations — given a federal byelection is currently underway in the riding.
He said Oct. 14 and 16 were the federal byelection advance vote days. Those dates overlapped with municipal election advance vote day and election for the three municipalities in the region.
Tymchyshyn said he had hoped for a higher voter turnout given the turnout was higher at advanced vote days — but the trend didn’t continue on election day.