Robertson returns as Okotoks mayor
Election 2013: Low voter turnout despite hot button issues
By: John Barlow
| Posted: Monday, Oct 21, 2013 09:08 pm
There is no change at the top, but there are some new faces on Okotoks council.
Voter turnout for Monday’s municipal election was disappointing, at 4,617, but it was enough to make a substantial impact on Okotoks town council. In comparison, in 2010 there were 5,400 votes cast which was about 44 per cent turnout.
Bill Robertson will return for a second term as mayor and a fifth term overall after defeating challenger Larry Albrecht 2,652 to 1,937. Albrecht was making his first attempt at election in Okotoks.
Robertson will be leading a council with a balance of experienced councillors and some newcomers.
Matt Rockley received the highest number of votes and will be returning for a second term on council. Incumbents joining Rockley on council include Ray Watrin, who was re-elected for a second term, and long-time councillor Ed Sands who was elected for a fifth term.
Newcomers who will be filling the remaining three positions include Tanya Thorne, Carrie Fischer and Ken Heemeryk.
The results are unofficial, but the vote total Matt Rockley, 2,733; Ed Sands, 2,564; Tanya Thorn, 2,358; Carrie Fischer, 2,179; Ray Watrin, 2,123; Ken Heemeryk, 1,785; Nicole Watkins, 1,767; Jared McCollum, 1,383; Lynne Pelser Karch, 1,327; Sean Tyler Foley, 1,209; Geneva Clark, 1,133; Michael Douglas Moore, 1,003; and Stacey Lock, 536.