Four-term councillor, Robert, (Bob) Young has edged out fellow council veteran, David (Dave) MacKenzie and newcomer, Donna Tona, to become Mayor of Leduc. Young will be joined by incumbent councillors Glen Finstad, Beverly Beckett and Terry Lazowski, along with first timers Bill Hamilton and Laura Tillack, and youthful neophyte Lars Hansen.
That was a close one!
The vote was a close one for Young who, according to unofficial numbers from city staff, only outpolled MacKenzie by a mere 356 votes; 2813 to 2457. Tona finished with a respectable 942 ballots cast for her; totals which may change when the official results are released by the city on October 20th.
Continuity is key
Young’s campaign centered on continuing the work of previous mayor, Greg Krischke, the friendly, popular, quintessential city booster who did not seek re-election. Throughout the election, Young discussed such issues as simplifying city processes to reduce red tape, the expansion of green spaces, and increasing access to city facilities for students and senior’s with preferential pricing models. Young also expressed a commitment to ensuring traffic enforcement is designed to make the city safer, not as a source of revenue.
School Division Winners
As in past municipal elections, seats for the Black Gold School Division were also up for grabs. The top vote getters were Barb Martinson and Sarah O’Gorman with 2444 and 1751 respectively. Again, these are unofficial results which will be confirmed by the Returning Officer on the 20th.
Leduc Returning Officer, Sandra Davis, described the recent election cycle as “very successful right from the beginning with information sessions in June for would-be candidates”. Davis was pleased with the “new innovations” introduced this election including vote tabulating machines. “We had the results up in no time!” enthused the Returning Officer. “Vote counting had no issues.” Davis added she believes the machines have now proven their worth and wioll be used in future elections.