The new-look Lake Country council

The new-look Lake Country council

YEAR IN REVIEW: Civic election sees some new faces join Lake Country council

There was plenty of election fodder at this year's municipal election as voters went to the polls

With a ballot that featured a couple of familiar names running for mayor and contests in all but one of the four Lake Country wards, this November’s election could have featured plenty of turnover.

But when the smoke settled, and just 24 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballots, Mayor James Baker was re-elected along with three of the four incumbents who put their name forward.

It will be Baker’s fourth term as Lake Country mayor after he garnered 1,215 votes, beating out Lake Country businessman Jayson McCarthy’s 990.

“I’m really, really pleased,” said Baker after the election. “I’m looking forward to the next four years it will be interesting to see what we can accomplish.”

In the race for council positions, incumbent Penny Gambell and former councillor Bill Scarrow topped the polls with incumbent at-large councillor Jamie McEwan not running. Gambell and Scarrow, a former councillor, were elected at-large out of a contingent who ran for at-large seats including Don Rae, Richard Issler and deaf candidate Arlene Brenner.

In the wards, incumbent Rob Geier (Winfield) held off a challenge from former administrator Randy Rose, who hammered away at the district’s restructure throughout the campaign.

Oyama’s Owen Dickie was challenged by newcomer Keli Westgate and won his seat back.

In Okanagan Centre incumbent Lisa Cameron’s moves to clean-up the beach and trail in Okanagan Centre rankled too many feathers and she fell to challenger Blair Ireland.

Barbara Leamont did not run for re-election in Carr’s Landing and Matt Vader was acclaimed.

The municipal election saw a bottle-neck at the lone voting station at George Elliot and had residents complaining of the time it took to vote.

Lake Country will investigate a better voting system for 2018.