The citizens of Ladysmith have chosen to mostly stick with their current political representatives.
All five incumbents running in the municipal election were re-elected, plus one newcomer.
Marsh Stevens topped the polls with 1,084 votes, and Ray Gourlay will take a seat on council after receiving 1,065 votes. Jeff Virtanen was next with 1,042 votes, Tricia McKay received 1,022 votes, Duck Paterson got 968 votes and Amanda Jacobson received 791 votes. Kim Nakahara was closest among candidates who weren’t elected with 780 votes, just 11 behind Jacobson.
“I am simply overwhelmed by the support,” Stevens posted on social media after results came in.
Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone was acclaimed.
The Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools election results were delayed and didn’t come in until 11 p.m. Incumbent trustee Naomi Bailey topped the polls with 10,395 votes, followed by incumbents Tania Brzovic with 10,001 votes, Greg Keller with 8,981 votes and Charlene McKay with 8,761. Leana Pellegrin, Mark Robinson, Leanne Lee, Chantelle Morvay and Tom Rokeby are the others who will make up the next school board. Incumbent Bill Robinson was not re-elected, finishing 10th in vote count.
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