After 19 years as a Town Councillor, Blackfalds Mayor-Elect Richard Poole says he’s extremely happy and very honoured with the results of Monday’s Municipal Election.
Poole earned 863 votes to claim the mayor's chair. Gary Smith garnered 215 votes.
“I’d like to thank Gary for his efforts over the last three weeks," Poole said. "I think we’re quite different individuals and our two points of view managed to bring out a lot of new points, a lot of good points and I think I ended up stronger and the town ended up stronger from the controversy."
Poole is also happy to see at least a couple of incumbents back on Council in Will Taylor and Ray Olfert. He also looks forward to working with some new members as well.
“The other four are brand new. I’ve talked with them throughout the campaign. They all look like extremely strong Councillors. I think we’re going to do marvelous things over the next four years.”
However, Poole knows the coming term will bring some challenges.
“One of the big challenges is the fact that under the MGA (Municipal Government Act), intermunicipal cooperation is mandated. Of course we’ve had a good relationship with Lacombe County over the past years, so I’m not at all worried about development and the work that we’ll do together. So that will be one of the challenges.”
Keeping youth involved in the community is also something Poole wants to work on going forward.
“We have a diverse population in Blackfalds, we have a very young population and of course we want to continue to find ways to keep our young people involved and excited. Our new facilities that we have out here have really created a lot of excitement. Our new bike skills park is being used by folks all over central Alberta. There’s just so many challenges and so many good things that are going to happen.”
Education will also be top of mind for Poole and his Council colleagues over the next four years with Blackfalds facing a crunch on classroom space.
“We look forward to working with Wolf Creek School Division over the next couple of years. They’re looking at improving the elementary school and the potential of a new 9-12 school in the future.”
Poole says he’s grateful for the support he’s received from the community during this campaign.
“I’m really thrilled with the number of people who got out to vote and I look forward to being their employee for the next four years.”
Here are the unofficial results for the Town of Blackfalds.
(x - elected)
(x) Richard Poole- 863
Gary Smith- 215
(x) Laura Svab- 708
(x) Will Taylor- 672
(x) Jamie Hoover- 489
(x) Marina Appel- 476
(x) Rebecca Stendie- 472
(x) Ray Olfert- 456
Nicole Sutherland- 452
Karen Sernecky- 438
Wayne Tutty- 366
Vince Wolfe- 339
Carol Rosenfelt- 202
Jennifer Myslicki- 193
Michael Francis- 161
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