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Four new council faces

Posted on November 19, 2020 by Maple Creek

Maple Creek Town council has a new look after Monday’s municipal election.
There are four fresh faces: Al Fournier, Betty Abbott, Len Barkman, and his daughter Corrine Collura. It has raised the question — is this the first time a father and daughter will serve on Maple Creek council at the same time?
Two incumbents, meanwhile, have been re-elected — Jill Roy and Cara Teichroeb.
The six will undergo a day-long orientation session today (Nov. 19) at the Town Office, giving them an overview of their responsibilities.
They will then be sworn in at the first meeting of the new council Nov. 24.
A familiar face will be at the head — Michelle McKenzie, who was returned as mayor by acclamation.
Nine candidates had vied for six vacant seats in the Nov. 16 election, which had been delayed by a week because of a blizzard that left many residents snowed in.
The three who missed out included incumbent Michael Morrow, who got 245 votes compared to the 596 he amassed in 2016.
The others were Tina Cresswell and Erin Teichroeb, daughter of Cara. Long-standing councillors Barry Elderkin and Ellaine Hawrylak did not contest the election. Nor did Shelley Drever, who had been on council about 16 months.
The results were officially announced by Gary Schlageter, returning officer, on Tuesday morning at the Town chamber. His announcement was recorded live on Facebook.
The number of voters was 603. Spoiled ballots totalled five.
The 2016 election saw 738 voters out of roughly 1,000 eligible voters cast their ballots.
This year’s turnout might have been affected by the weather and change of date.

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