Two municipal by-elections give two political newcomers a voice in their communities.
While turnout was somewhat light, the people of Coronation have handed Dylan Bullick a resounding mandate, him in the municipal by-election held on Monday, October 22.
Coronation CAO and returning officer Sandra Kulyk reported that the election went smoothly, with155 residents turning out to cast their ballots.
Bullick ran on a platform of business reform and keeping Coronation an attractive place for families. He was surprised at the large margin in his victory, and promises to work hard to earn the confidence the voters put upon him.
“In the last few years property owners have been hit with significant tax increases,” Bullick told the Review. “We are fortunate to have many services and facilities in our town. It is time to look at what is most important and how much it is worth to access them.
Bullick won the election by grabbing 99 of the votes cast. Local businesswoman Jean Russell came in second with 37 votes, with insurance broker Brenda Hillis picking up the remaining 19.
Bullick, already a familiar face in the Coronation council chambers, will be put to work immediately. His first council meeting as councillor will be on Monday, October 29.
In Delia, a two-way race for the vacant village council seat saw Dennis Thordarson edging out business owner and former Sundre, Alberta town councillor Irene Arnold. Thordarson, whose platform including attracting young families and encouraging community advertising, got 61 of the 99 votes cast, which represents over half of the village’s population.
Thordarson was delighted with his win, and is looking forward to the next year on council.
“I’d really like to see our town grow,” Thordarson said. “I’m really into greening the environment, and I’d like to see the town continue with this.”
The biggest challenge facing the village, according to Thortdarson, is completing the sewer project, which is currently two thirds complete.
Both councillors will have a year before the next municipal election, which will be held in October 2013.