Gould elected mayor of Port Clements

It came down to just a handful of votes, but Ian Gould has been elected as mayor of Port Clements.

It came down to just a handful of votes, but Ian Gould has been elected as mayor of Port Clements.

Gould received 70 votes in the race to replace the late Wally Cheer, just three more than Dennis Reindl while Judy Hadley received 15 votes in her bid for mayor. The final tally gave Gould the victory with 46 per cent of the popular vote compared to 44 per cent for Hadley and 9.8 per cent for Hadley.

Gould will be leading a council that includes Douglad Daugert, who received 122 votes, Christine Cunningham with 110 votes, Matt Gaspar with 106 votes and Charleen O’Brien Anderson with 92 votes. Just short of a seat on council was Brigid Cumming with 86 votes, while Betty Stewart rounded out the list of candidates with 30 votes.

In Masset, Mayor Andrew Merilees will be joined by Tony Tyler with 142 votes, Barry Pages with 135 votes, Bret Johnston with 119 votes and Jason Thompson with 113 votes. Zoe Sikora was left without a seat after receiving 50 votes.

Moresby Island has a new representative on the Skeena — Queen Charlotte Regional District as Bill Beldessi received 100 votes to oust incumbent Evan Putterill, who received 47 votes. The question of whether or not people favoured “establishing a service within Electoral Area E to operate a community hall” passed with 107 votes for and 39 against.

The race for the South Area seat on the Haida Gwaii School District board of education was won by Denise Husband with 138 votes to the 115 votes received by Christine Martinuik.