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Meet the new mayors, councillors and school trustees across Greater Victoria
Polls have closed across Greater Victoria, and the results are coming in: the 2022 civic election is over.
Marianne Alto is Victoria’s new mayor, beating competitor Stephen Andrew by a margin of more than 5,000 votes. The two incumbent councillors were vying for the seat left vacant by Lisa Helps, who endorsed her longtime council ally, Alto.
She will head up a council that is dominated by progressive, housing supply-oriented councillors: Jeremy Caradonna, Matt Dell, Susan Kim, Krista Loughton, and Dave Thompson.
Christopher Coleman, a former councillor, and 2018 second-place mayoral candidate Stephen Hammond will join them, along with James Bay Neighbourhood Association president Marg Gardiner.
In Langford, Stew Young was defeated for the first time in 30 years—before tonight he was the only mayor Langford had ever elected. Scott Goodmanson will be the city’s next mayor.
The Westshore has another new mayor after Colwood mayor Rob Martin was ousted, also by a large margin, by incumbent councillor Doug Kobayashi who received double the votes as his competitor. Metchosin councillor Marie-Therese Little has defeated her fellow councillor, Kyara Kahakauwila, by 82 votes to become mayor.
In North Saanich, incumbent councillor Murray Weisenberger lost by a landslide to political newcomer Peter Jones after a 37% voter turnout in the municipality. Mayor Geoff Orr did not seek re-election.
In the Greater Victoria School District 61, incumbents Rob Paynter and Diane McNally were just reinstated to the board this month by a BC Supreme Court judge. Now they've been re-elected, making them two of only three total incumbents to return to their seats on the board.
Here are the full election results for each municipality, starting with the biggest municipalities: Saanich, Victoria, Langford, and Esquimalt. School boards are listed at the bottom. Charts will be updates every five minutes as results are released by the municipalities.
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Correction at 1am on Oct. 16: Coun. Weisenberger in North Saanich was not the mayor; he was an incumbent councillor.