Ernie Daykin

Daykin re-elected Maple Ridge mayor

Ashlie, Dueck, Bell, Masse, Hogarth, Morden in on council

 

Ernie Daykin was re-elected to a second term as Maple Ridge mayor Saturday, defeating his lone challenger by more than 2,000 votes.

Daykin earned 7,394 total votes, unofficially.

Craig Ruthven, in his first bid for mayor, collected 4,953.

For council, Cheryl Ashlie led all candidates with 4,949 votes.

She was elected along with: Judy Dueck (4,503), Corisa Bell (4,321), Robert Masse (3,981), Al Hogarth (3,976) and Mike Morden (3,864).

Craig Speirs (3,699) was the lone incumbent defeated. Linda King did not seek re-election.

Daykin acknowledged there could have been discontent among residents in suburbs such as Silver Valley or Albion where Ruthven said people were upset about lack of services such as access to schools, parks, roads and sidewalks.

“Maybe we need to be clearer on what’s happening there. Obviously, there’s a disconnect, perhaps between the folks in the suburbs,” Daykin said.

But the district is working to improve both areas, he said. “We’re building parks. There are things going on.” The district could slow development in the crowded Albion area, he added.

The mayor said the two newcomers, Bell and Masse, “have some work ahead,” to get up to speed on council affairs as it starts its business planning in December.

Despite a district get-out-the-vote campaign intended to draw people to the polls, the 25-per-cent turnout was even less than the 2008 election which drew about 29 per cent of eligible voters.

“It’s discouraging a little bit,” Daykin added.

Bell, who led the FightHST event in Maple Ridge over the summer, leading to a mail-in referendum that defeated the tax, said results were up in the air as ballots were counted Saturday.

But she said she wasn’t surprised at winning. “I worked really hard. I’ve gotten to know people over the years and people believe in me. This isn’t just me placing a spot on council, it’s a lot of people in Maple Ridge getting a spot on council.”

One of her priorities is to address the 13-per-cent pay hike for the politicians, over three years, approved last summer by council.

“First of all, we need to get rid of that pay increase. That’s the first thing. It should be done at the first meeting. Taxpayers do not have any more money to be paying that. It’s a part-time job and we don’t need an increase. Nobody else is getting one.” She said she’d be introducing a motion towards that.

Morden and Ashlie both opposed the increase last summer.

Reviewing the district’s finances, taxes and spending is another of her main goals.

She says she’ll be joining council as an outsider but hopes there won’t be too much of a gap between her and her colleagues. Her name is the only one not on a pro-shopping list of candidates circulated on a business card late in the campaign. The others listed on the slate were all elected.

Judy Dueck, Bob Masse and Al Hogarth all saw the card, but didn’t know who produced it.

“Whoever put it together, sort of got it right,” added Dueck.

Bell doesn’t plan on changing her style and will continue to advocate for more transparent government.

“I will work fantastic with council. The question is, how will council work with me.” She hopes that council welcomes her and helps her in role as a councillor.

“Like I said, I get along with everybody, so it’s up to them how this is going to go.

“I’ve got my work cut out for me because I’m the only one on the outside. It will be interesting.”

Masse said the learning curve he was on during the election will continue now that he’s on council. He wants to see more shopping and industry and said shopping in Albion flats would have an environmental benefit because it would reduce the number of people having to drive outside of the community.

The district is still awaiting comment from the Agricultural Land Commission on its draft plan for the Albion area which calls for development of Albion flats, most of which is in the Agricultural Land Reserve.

He also wants to see a municipally operated garbage collection service, integrated with green waste pickup, instead of the current system of private contractors serving the district. He wants to look at other municipalities and find out who has the best system.

Masse questioned how much of a role the list of candidates played, just as the group of Maple Ridge community associations compiled their own list. “To say that we’re part of a slate, certainly that would be news to me. I think the term slate implies more than that.”

Elected to school board in Maple Ridge; Susan Carr (6,693), Dave Rempel (5,909), Kathy Marshall (5,634), Ken Clarkson (5,621) and Mike Murray (5,541).

Full results (District of Maple Ridge – unofficial):

Mayor

Candidate Name Total Advance Mail Ballot Albion Garibaldi Hammond Laity View Seniors Centre Whonnock Yennadon
DAYKIN, Ernie 7,394 384 109 1,017 848 746 1,364 1,738 251 937
RUTHVEN, Craig 4,953 211 61 959 627 471 722 1,085 186 631

 

Councillor

Candidate Name Total Advance Mail Ballot Albion Garibaldi Hammond Laity View Seniors Centre Whonnock Yennadon
ASHLIE, Cheryl 4,949 260 58 817 587 482 907 1,050 158 630
DUECK, Judy 4,503 248 68 781 562 433 725 991 162 533
BELL, Corisa 4,321 124 51 628 514 453 709 1,054 128 660
MASSE, Robert 3,981 189 47 711 503 355 679 852 140 505
HOGARTH, Al 3,976 200 60 667 492 389 623 914 124 507
MORDEN, Mike 3,864 236 31 684 505 375 660 779 134 460
SPEIRS, Craig 3,699 182 36 477 409 410 664 910 141 470
STEWART, Ken 3,623 216 55 480 418 355 622 844 152 481
O’ROURKE, Carly 3,325 144 28 446 375 364 627 770 157 414
MOWATT, Graham 2,869 127 40 575 366 278 416 602 108 357
TELFORD, Grover 2,671 99 22 581 343 238 362 618 83 325
GOOS, Bob 2,396 135 25 318 264 185 448 636 101 284
MACDOUGALL, Sandy 2,165 129 35 249 255 220 385 576 76 240
GORDON, Candace 2,145 86 42 270 230 258 381 548 95 235
COWLEY, Christian 2,041 84 19 336 229 203 321 487 92 270
ANDRUP, Claus 1,959 99 27 379 253 190 293 417 56 245
DUNCAN, Kiersten 1,718 46 25 316 197 168 282 369 105 210
TAM, Peter 1,661 56 26 242 169 146 256 404 68 294
WAGNER, Randy 1,367 68 20 208 178 126 227 339 47 154
HEWSON, Gladys 1,150 44 15 151 238 117 187 225 28 145
BLACKSTONE, Jacques A 1,147 48 17 193 136 117 154 262 61 159
TAYLOR, Elizabeth 1,024 38 26 181 126 106 148 251 29 119
KAUHANE, Mark 870 28 11 147 130 99 164 171 11 109
COOK, Wendy 836 18 24 136 92 94 145 210 25 92
LANG, Dana 799 27 15 111 91 81 127 196 23 128
POPE, Alex 748 27 8 142 75 80 119 185 32 80
MCKENZIE, John 676 32 15 116 67 59 107 197 23 60
ROSS, Graeme 660 25 7 112 75 64 120 156 30 71

 

School Trustee

Candidate Name Total Advance Mail Ballot Albion Garibaldi Hammond Laity View Seniors Centre Whonnock Yennadon
CARR, Susan 6,693 264 84 1,013 791 636 1,203 1,596 210 896
REMPEL, Dave 5,909 285 80 893 738 541 1,014 1,397 244 717
MARSHALL, Kathy 5,634 325 87 861 691 508 969 1,298 197 698
CLARKSON, Ken 5,621 261 68 883 673 577 980 1,270 201 708
MURRAY, Mike 5,541 321 86 815 644 527 956 1,306 215 671
DELAINEY, Cherie 3,098 104 46 484 361 333 523 797 103 347
NEALE LAROSE, Michelle 2,804 103 43 465 320 285 503 619 91 375
CLEAVE, Gary 2,310 122 45 349 263 235 388 564 84 260
FLAVELLE, Mary 2,109 83 29 316 262 247 330 507 63 272

 

Ballots Cast

Advance Mail Ballot Albion Garibaldi Hammond Laity View Seniors Centre Whonnock Yennadon Total Voters Voters List Turn Out %
624 172 2,047 1,526 1,269 2,183 2,920 452 1,616 12,809 51,089 25.07

 

 

 

 

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