Unofficially, The Village of Telkwa has a new councillor.
Preliminary results of the byelection held Feb. 27 indicate Dave Livesey prevailed over his rivals Klaus Kraft and Erik Jacobsen.
Livesey received 60 votes to Kraft’s 51 and Jacobsen’s 34 according to the initial count.
He was very pleased with the results, but not so much with the election itself with only 145 votes cast.
“I am very disappointed in that turnout,” he said.
The Village said official results will be posted to the Telkwa website Monday, March 1.
Runner-up Kraft said he was debating Sunday (Feb. 28) whether to ask for a recount, but was pretty certain the results would stand with so few votes cast.
“Congrats to the winner,” he said. “I’m a little disappointed in the turnout. It’s pretty sad, anyway.”
The byelection was necessary to replace Coun. Rick Fuerst who resigned in September citing work conflicts.
Livesey is a renovations contractor and drummer.
His platform was essentially making the village more self-sufficient by attracting more businesses and services and promoting affordable housing.