New councils elected for city, county, town, school divisions

Unoffical muncipal, school trustee results

City of Wetaskiwin

The City of Wetaskiwin elected its new mayor in Tyler Gandam who walked away from the Oct. 16 election with 2,081 votes. His mayoral opponent Glenn Rueckers had 911 votes.

For city council both incumbents Patricia MacQuarrie and Wayne Neilson were re-elected.

They will be joined by newcomers Dean Billingsley, Pamela Ganske, Alan Hilgartner and Kevin Lonsdale.

Each of the elected candidates earned more than 1,100 votes, which cannot be said for any of their non-elected opponents.

County of Wetaskiwin

The County of Wetaskiwin will see some changes around the table following the 2017 municipal election.

Kathy Rooyakkers, representative of Division 6 was acclaimed on Nomination Day and the only other two returning incumbents are Terry Van de Kraats, Division 2 and Lyle Seely, Division 7.

Division 1 was taken by Bill Krahn with 145 votes. The other candidates in the running, Deanne Bye, incumbent Pearl Hay and Lynn Ware had 122, 34 and 81 votes, respectively.

In Division 3, longtime councillor Garry Dearing has been ousted by Dale Woitt, who had 163 votes to Dearing’s 156.

Division 4 candidate Josh Bishop will replace incumbent Keith Johnson. Bishop saw 265 votes to Johnson’s 178.

Division 5 had three new candidates running and Ken Adair was elected with 389 votes. Neither of his opponents Bruce Banks and Betty Jurykoski broke 74 votes.

After serving Division 5 for 10 years councillor Larry McKeever took retirement rather than seek re-election.

Incumbent of Division 7, Lyle Seely, was re-elected with 351 votes to opponent Mike Cooper’s 11 votes.

Town of Millet

A total of 315 votes decided the Town of Millet’s band of six councillors for the new term

The unofficial results rolled in at 8:54 p.m., showing the re-elected incumbent candidates Pat Garrett, Doug Peel, Vicki Pyle, Carol Sadoroszney, and Mike Storey would be joined by new comer Robin Brooks.

During his campaign, Brooks stated he would like to see the Town of Millet grow over the next four years through subdivision and development, and places a high importance on intermunicipal collaboration for emergency services.

Former councillor Eleanor Pydde was not re-elected, earning 23 less votes than her two closest opponents.

Mayor Tony Wadsworth re-claimed his position on Nomination Day — Sept. 18 — after being acclaimed.

Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools/STAR Catholic Schools

Trustees elected for the city site ward for Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools (WRPS) are Leanne Axelsen, incumbent Barb Johnson and Jayne Pettifor with 978, 760 and 731 votes, respectively.

WRPS Division 1 trustee is incumbent Lynn Ware with 346 votes.

Divisions 2, 3 and 4 were acclaimed by candidates Dave Gursky (incumbent), Stephanie Wilson, and Karen Becker (incumbent).

The city’s STAR Catholic Schools trustee is incumbent Henry Effon.

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