Many new faces elected in Telkwa

The Village of Telkwa has a new mayor for the next four years — and his name is Darcy Repen.

The Village of Telkwa has a new mayor for the next four years — and his name is Darcy Repen.

Repen defeated mayoral candidate and councillor Rimas Zitkauskas with 283 votes, 104 more votes than Zitkauskas and 240 more than Vicky Rokstad, according to unofficial results that were released late Saturday night.

“It’s super exciting and I think the most exciting part for me was the number of people who turned out to vote,” said Repen, who watched the results trickle in from the village office.

During this election, 508 people cast their votes out of 1,024 eligible voters, according to unofficial results. That is a 49 per cent turnout.

In the 2011 election, the voter turnout rate was 35 per cent with only 298 votes cast.

“The people are ready for a change in the government and a change in the approach,” said Repen. “I really feel like people do want to participate in the village and the government and in the decision-making process and that was a key to my platform.”

Once he is sworn into office, Repen hopes to  begin engaging with the community.

“My number one priority is getting in place a mechanism so that we can engage the people that are here with that government process,” he said.

Not only does the village have a new mayor, but there are three new faces joining council this term as well.

Leroy Dekens, the owner of RaceTrac Gas Station, was elected with 370 votes, the most that any councillor or mayoral candidate received.

“I was happy. [I’m] interested to see how everything is going to go. I’m very happy for the support that I got,” said Dekens.

“I think the Village of Telkwa wants some change and I think it’s a good thing. Hopefully I can live up to what they want.”

All for Less owner Coralee Karrer and Annette Morgan will also be joining the ranks after receiving 274 and 239 votes, respectively.

Brad Layton rounds out the pack, returning for a second term after receiving 229 votes, only seven votes more than councillor Rick Fuerst.

Layton will be the only one with previous council experience.

John McDivitt received 204 votes, while outgoing mayor Carman Graf received 192.

In the race for school trustee for Electoral Area 3 Telkwa/Quick, Billie Jean Beaubien ousted incumbent Judy McIntosh by a mere three votes.

“There was a big cheer on the airplane. We’re pretty excited. A little nervous, but I think it will be good,” said Beaubien who was on a flight back from Fort Lauderdale when she found out she won.

“It could have been [McIntosh] just as easy, I think it was just maybe a few extra people that I knew. I wasn’t even here to vote for myself.”

According to the Elections B.C. guidebook, after the final count, the district electoral officer must ask for a judicial recount if the candidates are separated by less than 1/500 of the total ballots considered.

The last day for applications asking for a judicial recount is on Nov. 24.

 

Just Posted

Bulkley Valley SD 54 superintendent leaving

Chris van der Mark has been superintendent with SD54 for eight years, and has hands full in Cariboo.

Council wants culture centre referendum

Library/gallery gets extra grant scrutiny for passing $10-million threshold.

B.C. chiefs show solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

Chiefs from around B.C. outside the Coastal GasLink pipeline route in Smithers show support.

The North Matters looks to open Bulkley Valley chapter

Group promoting resource development meets in Smithers.

Cheng² Duo bring 17th century cello to Smithers

Young brother-sister team bring original classical arrangements inspired by some … classics

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Port authority imposes ban on development around Lelu Island

Following Pacific Northwest LNG, there will be no future projects proposed near Flora Bank

Student rangers sought for Terrace

Young adults interested in student ranger program have until Feb. 24 to apply

Most Read