Teunis Westbroek is once again the Mayor of Qualicum Beach.
Westbroek, a longtime mayor and then later a town councillor, handily defeated incumbent Brian Wiese as preliminary results were announced Saturday (Oct. 15) in provincial municipal elections.
Westbroek received 2,819 votes, good for 63.3 per cent of the total, compared to 1,565 for Wiese.
Results show the town’s four councillors will be Anne Skipsey, the runaway vote leader at 3,022; Petronella Vander Valk (2,181); Jean Young (1,724) and Scott Harrison (1,715). Narrowly missing in fifth spot was Peter Kent (1,639).
Robert Filmer, who served the last four years as councillor, finished well back in ninth spot.
Others listed in preliminary results: Dave L Willie 1,531; John C Phillips 1,385; Doreen MacKay-Dunn 1,368 and Stanley A Beech 406.
Two non-binding public opinion questions both gathered more ‘no’ votes.
‘Are you in favour of the Town of Qualicum Beach council increasing in size from four (4) councillors to six (6) councillors?’
received 2,551 ‘no’ votes, compared to to 1,653 ‘yes’ votes.
‘Should the Town spend the necessary funds, up to a maximum of $700,000, to refurbish the St. Andrews Lodge building?’ received a resounding 2,734 to 1,329 ‘no’ vote.
Westbroek, who decided not to run for mayor at the last election due to health reasons and opted for a successful run as a councillor, said he is now looking forward to serve as mayor once again. He wants to let the past be the past and is ready to usher in a new beginning in council.
“I want to delete everything that happened that I am not very happy with and start fresh,” said Westbroek, who was previously mayor of Qualicum Beach for six terms. “That’s what I want to offer this council that’s coming up and our community and our staff that we have a new day of fresh approach. And let’s forget what we didn’t like so much about each other and look at the positive things “
Westbroek said he is in better shape health-wise as he goes biking and plays golf.
One of the main issues that Westbroek aims to focus on is adherence to the town’s Official Community Plan. He said he takes this plan seriously and is one of the many concerns raised by citizens during his election campaign.
“If you change your plan, it’s going to have an effect on everything,” said Westbroek. “Our carrying capacity, our water supply, our infrastructure they all change when you go away from the OCP.”
Westbroek said he’s happy to see new members and also Skipsey and Harrison back on council.
— With files from Philip Wolf