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Mayor-elect Robert Quaiff and nine new faces for County council

Susan and Robert Quaiff celebrate victory as the final polls report in.

Susan and Robert Quaiff celebrate victory as the final polls report in.

Robert Quaiff will lead Prince Edward County council as mayor, with nine new members at Shire Hall. Voter turnout was 43.79 per cent with 9,637 ballots cast out of 22,006 registered voters.

Quaiff defeated newcomer Jeff Goddard and Paul Boyd to replace the retiring Peter Mertens as mayor. Quaiff earned 4,837 votes (51.10 per cent) while Goddard had 2,817 votes (29.76 per cent) and Boyd was third with 1,811 (19.13 per cent).

Quaiff will welcomes nine new faces and incumbents when the 15-member council takes office Dec. 1 but council size will be among the first issues the new group will discuss.

“It’s overwhelming to see such great support,” Quaiff said between receiving congratulations from the public and council members old and new gathered at the Wellington arena. “There’s a lot of passion out there. There’s a lot of people that want to talk about issues. You always hear about the tax increases and you always hear about the infrastructure, but one of the things that resonated the most was the size of council and then it was how much debt there was, but they really hammered at the size of council so that will be among the things that gets discussed first.

“We’ve got a budget that we’re going to have to do; we’ve got some training for new councillors and I would like to meet with each one individually to find out what their platform is, what their principles are and what they want to achieve and hopefully we can work cohesively together for the betterment of the County.”

Lenny Epstein will be a new face representing Picton.

Lenny Epstein will be a new face representing Picton.

New faces include Lenny Epstein and Treat Hull, to represent Picton. Current councillors Bev Campbell and Brian Marisett did not seek re-election.

Barry Turpin was acclaimed in Bloomfield.

Incumbent Jim Dunlop retained his seat in Wellington.

Steve Graham, shown here with his wife Jaime, is the new face representing Hillier

Steve Graham, shown here with his wife Jaime, is the new face representing Hillier

Dianne O’Brien and Janice Maynard return to council from Ameliasburgh with newcomer Roy Pennell who defeated current councillor Nick Nowitski.

Neck and neck most of the evening, Steve Graham captured 347 votes in Hillier defeating incumbent Alex Lunn by 15 votes.

Hallowell sees two new faces with Brad Nieman and former councillor Gord Fox, ending Keith MacDonald’s reign. Heather Campbell did not seek re-election.

Jamie Forrester returns to represent Athol.

Newcomer David Harrison replaces Quaiff in North Marysburgh, and Steve Ferguson replaces Barb Procter in South Marysburgh. She also did not seek re-election.

In Sophiasburgh, new face Bill Roberts joins incumbent Kevin Gale at the horseshoe. Incumbent Terry Shortt finished third.

Voter turnout by ward

Wellington 56.03%
Sophiasburgh 49.63%
Picton 48.51%
North Marysburgh 45.87%
Athol 45.61%
Hallowell 45.06%
South Marysburgh 44.35%
Hillier 36.58%
Ameliasburgh 34.23%

Tawnya and MPP Todd Smith congratulate Susan and Robert Quaiff.

Tawnya and MPP Todd Smith congratulate Susan and Robert Quaiff.

 

 

Incumbants Barry Turpin (acclaimed Bloomfield) and Jim Dunlop, who easily topped Wellington's polls.

Incumbants Barry Turpin (acclaimed Bloomfield) and Jim Dunlop, who easily topped Wellington’s polls.

 

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  1. Annette and Stuart Bon says:

    Thanks, CountyLive! We were able to get the results in Mexico, reading your information beside the Caribbean Sea! Nice to know our on-line votes counted!
    Cheers!

  2. JYBE says:

    Based upon the number of people who actually took the time to vote I think that the issues (size of Council, taxes, loss of Council control, etc.) that Gary, Rick and the rest of the “informed electorate” said were on the lips of everyone in the County has been proven to be non existent.

    On the other hand….nine new faces will be sitting around the horse shoe and that was the number 4 years ago, maybe 9 is the magic number of Councillors we need.

  3. Banned, I guess says:

    Coverage on all platforms was great, but especially on Twitter with real time updates. Great work and thank you for keeping us so informed.

    Lots of new faces. Was hoping for Alec Lunn to stay on in Hillier. Very underrated over the last four years.

  4. Chris Willson says:

    OK, folks…. no whining or complaining allowed now. Less than half the voters turn out…. pathetic.

  5. Phil Norton says:

    Superb election coverage, CountyLive, unofficially last night and the final tallies this morning. Congratulations to the County’s new mayor and council.

  6. Jim & Alma Stebbing says:

    Congratulations Robert ( Mayor-elect ) & Susan Quaiff !

    Congratulations David Harrison Councillor North Marysburgh

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