Election 2014: Steve Price is Sidney’s new mayor

Preliminary results gives Price the win; council mixes experience with youth; amalgamation question gets the nod.

Steve Price

Steve Pirce is Sidney’s new mayor.

On Saturday and through the advance voting period, electors in the Town of Sidney gave the incumbent councillor running for mayor for the first time the win with 1,312 votes, according to preliminary election results.

“The residents of Sidney believe in what the past council has done,” Price said Saturday night after the results came in. “They want common sense leadership and the stability this council has worked on for the last six years.”

Price, who takes over from Larry Cross who decided not to seek re-election, is joined on council by incumbents Tim Chad and Mervyn Lougher-Goodey. Peter Wainwright was also elected Saturday night, a former Sidney councillor.

That experienced crew will be joined by newcomer Erin Bremner, who led the balloting with 2,269 votes, Barbara Fallot and Cam McClennan.

Bremner and McClennan were among the youngest candidates running in Sidney. Price said he’s looking forward to working with a council of highly-skilled people and the “new blood we need.”

Price spent the evening at home as the results came to him, his family and supporters in Sidney by their appointed scrutineer. Price said when they got the results the group cheered so much the phone disconnected between him and the scrutineer.

Price called the group a strong new council for Sidney.

“Mayor-wise, the people were happy with the stability of council.”

Price added the new council will be sworn in at an organizational meeting on Dec. 1. He said the council will then undergo in-house training and joint training with the council in Esquimalt.

Preliminary Results

Mayor

Don Amos – 706

Steve Duck – 674

Cliff McNeil-Smith – 1,180

Steve Price – 1,312

David Shebib – 15

 

Council

Mike Barwick – 1,063

Rosemarie Bongers – 817

Erin Bremner – 2,269

Tim Chad – 1,741

Barbara Fallot – 2,085

Sheilah Fea – 1,475

Melissa Hailey – 1,378

Bob Jones – 1,381

Mervyn Lougher-Goodey – 1,926

Cam McClennan – 1,543

Colin Plint – 1,169

Peter Wainwright – 2,046

 

School Trustee

Allan Collier – 1,220

Jason Price – 1,310

Jim Standen – 557

 

Non-binding question on amalgamation

Yes – 2,566

No – 1,232

Final election results to be confirmed Nov. 19.

 

Voter turnout: 43%