Port Edward votes: MacDonald returned as mayor, two new faces on council

Port Edward will have two new faces around the council table for the next four years, but Dave MacDonald has been returned as mayor.

Port Edward will have two new faces around the council table for the next four years, but Dave MacDonald has been returned as mayor.

MacDonald received 191 votes compared to 64 ballots cast for Alice Kruta, giving MacDonald another term with 74.9 per cent of the popular vote.

“I’m quite happy to be back in and I thank all the candidates who ran because it takes a lot out of your personal life,” said Mayor MacDonald.

MacDonald will be leading a council that is a mix of incumbents and new councillors. Incumbent Dan Franzen received the most votes with 152, followed by former councillor James Brown with 143 votes, newcomer Grant Moore with 140 votes and incumbent Christine MacKenzie with 122 votes.

The results leave incumbent and long-time councillor Murray Kristoff and incumbent Knut Bjorndal without a seat after they received 116 votes and 108 votes respectively. Challengers Ed Day and Clayton Vanier received 73 votes and 51 voes respectively.

“I want to thank Murray and Knut for their service as councillors and am looking forward to the first meeting with the new council,” said MacDonald.