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Peter Mertens will be PEC’s new mayor

Peter Mertens will be Prince Edward County’s new mayor come December. He is shown Monday night at the community centre with supporters and his wife Kathleen. They came to Prince Edward County in 2005 and the following year, Mertens was elected to represent Wellington Ward. Tonight’s final mayor numbers are: Peter Mertens 3489, Sandy Latchford 2327, Monica Alyea 1828; Lori Slik 1203; Gord Fox 1073 and Paul Boyd 593. Of the 21,351 eligible voters, 10,598 cast a ballot for a 49.63 per cent turnout for the county – much improved over the 39.4 per cent in the 2006 election.

Picton: (2 elected)
Bev Campbell 655
Brian Marisett 561

Laverne Bailey 526
Don Ward 353
Paul Morris 288
Richard Rowe 237
Doris Lane 140

Bloomfield: (1 elected)
Barry Turpin 175

Phil St.-Jean 128

Wellington (1 elected)
Jim Dunlop 827

Bill Boultbee 305

Ameliasburgh (3 elected)
Janice Maynard 1462
Dianne O’Brien 1306
Nick Nowitski 930

Kathy Vowinckel 714

Athol (1 elected)
Jamie Forrester 399

Paul Johnson 260

Hallowell (2 elected)
Heather Campbell 987
Keith MacDonald 644

Richard Parks 582
Knowlton Hunter 277
Scott Johnston 185

Hillier (1 elected)
Alec Lunn 431

Peggy Burris 360

North Marysburgh (1 elected)
Robert Quaiff 418

Ray Best 256
Chris Billard 77

South Marysburgh (1 elected)
Barb Proctor 305

Duncan Fischer 119
Ray Hobson 79
Sandy Blackford 43
Jack Dall 26
Erin Johnston 22

Sophiasburgh (2 elected)
Kevin Gale 592
Terry Shortt 537

John Thompson 463
Kristien Buikema 113

Trustee Hastings & PE School Board Wards 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9
Dwayne Inch
(acclaimed)

Trustee Hastings & PE School Board Wards 3, 4, 7, 10
Jennifer Cobb 2379

Harry Marissen 964
Rick Langstaff 696

Trustee French Language Public Board
Marc Bissonnette 23

Frederic Tremblay 5

Trustee French Language Catholic Board
Andre Ouellette
acclaimed

Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic School Board
Paul Candon 268

Greg Speagle 249

Question on the ballot: Are you in favour of council commencing a public consultation process to review the size of council for the County of Prince Edward?
Yes 7569
No 1798

Some scenes from election night. Sandy Latchford headquarters photo by Phil Norton. www.countyphotographer.com

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  1. Debra says:

    Never in my memory of municipal elections has there been such a large turnout. This is a good thing. I hope that the councillors and mayor elected will look to the valid suggestions brought forward by all candidates over the past 9 months and consider them when formulating their vision for the next 4 years.

    The public spoke to our municipal representatives and stated they wanted to be informed. I hope that the successful candidates have listened and will provide better access to information, perhaps through the video taping of council meetings available through internet or cable, or having agendas and minutes available at the libraries as was suggested during the campaign.

    This strategy would show a willingness on the part of the new council to be transparent and remain in contact with their electorate, which they all promoted during their campaign.

  2. Cole says:

    It seems that Peter Mertens took it all, in my school he also won the kid election.

  3. There are lots of kudos for Peter Mertans, well deserved I am sure but we would also like to send congratulations to Bev Campbell. Bev, you have worked very hard these past few years,to bad we are not there to reap the benfits of your labours. Ian and Margaret Ferguson

  4. Nigel Sivel says:

    Susan and Crew: well done. You provided a real community service and demonstrated what this modern technology can do. Now, how are you going to cover the council meeting? 🙂

  5. It was great to be able to follow the up-to-date results of the County polls. Thanks county live!

  6. Steven Koning says:

    Peter Mertens won because he wasn’t afraid to take a stand on what matters to the County, i.e. industrial wind turbines, high taxation, and good management of our municipal affairs. His win proves that to speak clearly and to answer questions forthrightly will always win out over avoiding the issues, keeping one’s agenda hidden, and bafflegab. Well done County and good luck, Peter.

  7. George Inrig says:

    Sue: I thoroughly enjoyed the coverage, minute by minute. Well done! I would have liked to also see the results, candidate by candidte, for Ward One – Picton. Of course, I have them this morning. The Globe and Mail had long discussions this morning about Toronto, but no numerical results. The Sun did have all the results. Ford beat Smitherman by 100,000 votes.

  8. Bob says:

    Congratulations Peter. We knew that fiscal responsability would come through.

  9. Judy says:

    the tribe has spoken

  10. Chris says:

    No matter whether we were born here or, in my case, moved here some years ago, the County is a special place and we must now all work together to ensure it remains an inclusive, vibrant, and affordable home for all – respectful of differing views and opinions.

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