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23 October 2017

The City of Albany will welcome three new elected members and three returning councillors for four-year terms after a Local Government Election that delivered some very close contests.

With a strong 21 candidates vying for six council seats, there was a strong voter turnout of 38.49% across the City, higher than the 34.16% in 2015. Ballot counting on Saturday night delivered the following results:

FREDERICKSTOWN WARD – 6 candidates

Rebecca Stephens was elected with 505 votes, or 26.88% of the ward vote, just 20 votes ahead of Vicki Brown on 485 votes (25.81%).

YAKAMIA WARD – 2 candidates

Incumbent councillor Robert Sutton was returned with 888 votes (51.15%) ahead of Tim Overheu who collected 848 votes (48.85%).

VANCOUVER WARD – 3 candidates

Tracy Sleeman gathered 722 votes (42.85%) to be elected ahead of Matt Benson-Lidholm who received 499 votes (29.61%).

WEST WARD – 2 candidates

Incumbent councillor Alison Goode was re-elected with a comprehensive 1,137 votes (64.60%), while Wayne Downes received 623 votes (35.40%).

KALGAN WARD – 5 candidates

Emma Doughty was elected with 441 votes (24.46%), just 4 votes clear of incumbent councillor Janelle Price on 437 votes (24.24%).

BREAKSEA WARD – 3 candidates

Incumbent councillor Raymond Hammond was returned with 782 votes (51.31%) ahead of Luke Pilkington who received 612 votes (40.16%).

Mayor Dennis Wellington congratulated all of the candidates for their interest and efforts during the election process and said he looked forward to working with the new Council to achieve great outcomes for Albany.

“Introducing new elected members is always an exciting time, it’s a time for new ideas, refreshed focus and renewed enthusiasm, while our returned councillors bring experience and renewed passion,” Mayor Wellington said.

“To our retiring councillors, thank you for the time you have contributed to council and for your dedication and commitment which has been appreciated by your colleagues, staff and the community.”