Unofficial results are in for this past weekend’s municipal elections, and the valley has voted resoundingly to keep things the way they are, with incumbents returning to office in every race.
In the only mayoral race in the valley, incumbent Canal Flats mayor Ute Juras beat challenger Dean Midyette 200 votes to 83 votes.
All three Invermere councillors seeking re-election succeeded and the fourth councillor, Al Miller, is again a familiar face, having previously served on council from 2008 to 2011. The only true newcomer to the Invermere council election, Kayja Becker, garnered the fewest votes. Results for Invermere were (elected) Justin Atterbury (608 votes), Greg Anderson (547 votes), Al Miller (522 votes), Paul Denchuk (453 votes); and (not elected) Kayja Becker (429 votes).
For Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Area F, incumbent director Wendy Booth held off newcomer Andrea Dunlop, 396 votes to 252.
In the only school board trustee election vote in the valley that for Area Rocky Mountain School District 6’s Trustee Electoral Area 4 (which is comprised of Canal Flats and RDEK Area F) voters also decided against change, bringing back incumbent Amber Byklum, who beat challenger Cory Stanbury 482 votes to 289.
Pick up this Friday’s Pioneer for the full story including comments from candidates.