Anne Skipsey is poised to return to Qualicum Beach council.
On Saturday, May 15, the town released preliminary results from a byelection to fill the spot vacated when Adam Walker left to become the MLA for Parksville-Qualicum.
Skipsey was previously a town councillor from 2014 to 2018.
She received 1,539 votes, well ahead of runner-up Sarah Duncan (1,017). Jean Young (431), Peter Kent (342) and Brian Denbigh (36) rounded out the ballot.
“I am so honoured and excited about serving the people of Qualicum Beach over the next 17 months,” said Skipsey. “I would like to acknowledge all of the candidates who ran in the byelection – Brian, Jean, Peter and Sarah – thank you for your dedication to this community reflected in the significant personal commitment you made to run for public office.
“I also want to thank all of the people who supported me during the election. I had an amazing team of people working on my campaign and many more people helping and encouraging me along the way.”
Skipsey said while council already has its strategic plan in place, she has compiled a list of issues and opportunities that are “top of mind” for the residents and businesses of Qualicum Beach.
“I will continue to engage with people, to listen and consider input, informing the decisions I will be making for this special place we call home.”
Official results will be declared by May 19 following a final review of the ballot counts.
According to a release from the town, a total of 3,365 ballots were cast in this byelection, which includes 1,489 votes at the two advance voting opportunities, 896 votes by mail ballot and 980 votes on general election day May 15.
Voter turnout was approximately 41 per cent. Turnout in the 2018 municipal election was 57.46.
“We are pleased with the level of citizen engagement during this byelection, especially with increased restrictions and hurdles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said chief election officer, Heather Svensen. “Our election officials have worked extremely hard and we would like to thank them in helping with the success of the 2021 byelection.”
The number of votes cast for all five candidates were:
Skipsey will be officially sworn in at the regular council meeting on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 10 a.m.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the swearing-in ceremony will be livestreamed on the town’s website at www.qualicumbeach.com.