Tumbler Ridge’s turnout best of a bad bunch

Trent Ernst, Editor


The ballots have been cast and counted, and the results are in for the 2014 Municipal Elections.

Mayor for the next four term will be Don McPherson, who was elected with 301 votes, or just under 16 percent of the total eligible voters in town.

He beat out Garret Golhof, who garnered 258 votes, and Bev Fournier, with 132 votes.

Newcomer to Council Will Howe took home the most votes of any candidate for any position, with 537 votes, meaning 28.5 percent of the eligible voters in town voted for him.

He is joined on council by three other newcomers: Joanne Kirby, who got 446 votes, Darryl Krakowka, who had 459 votes, and Helen Scott, who got 418 votes.

Coming back onto Council are incumbents Mike Caisley, with 361 votes and Rob McKay, who got  341 votes.

Missing the cut were Rose Colledge (325 votes), Tim Snyder (251 votes, and the only incumbent not to be returning) and Marcel Brodeur (186 votes). Brodeur says he’s going to sleep for a week now that elections are over. “[I] Will see you in four years,” he says, “but during that time I will be going to council meetings and keeping an eye on what’s happening.”

Sherry Berringer remains the local School Trustee, having gotten 394 votes. She beats out Roxanne Gulick, who had 276 votes.

There were 691 people who voted for mayor, out of 1886 eligible voters. That makes for a turnout of 36.64 percent, which is the highest recorded turnout in the northeast, beating out Pouce Coupe, where 212 of 593 people voted, for a 35.8 percent turnout, and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, where 35.4 percent of the population turned out to vote.

While turnouts were up across much of the province, the northeast saw a fairly poor turnout.

Across the region, only 23 percent of people came out to vote, compared to 26 percent in the previous election.

Fort St. John had the lowest turnout of any municipality, not just in the north, but in the entire province, with barely 15 percent of the population showing up to elect the same council as was there the previous term.

Chetwynd saw 20 percent of the population vote, while Dawson Creek saw a 25.7 percent turnout. In all three areas, the mayors had already won by acclamation, which could partially explain the low numbers.

On the other side of the province, Stewart saw an 83.2 percent turnout.