Some mayoral races in B.C. were decided by just a vote or 2
Clinton, Peachland race decided by single ballot; 2 votes separated Bowen Island candidates
UPDATE — Oct. 23, 2018: After a verification process, the race for mayor of Peachland has ended in a tie. A judicial recount has been ordered.
It was a close race for mayor's seats across B.C. on Saturday. Really close.
Yes, Vancouver had a tight race that wasn't decided until well past midnight — but candidates in small towns across the province were also left on the edge of their seats longer than they thought they'd be.
"It really was a bit of a roller coaster," said Melanie Mason, who lost the race on Bowen Island by just two votes.
"It was really, really close."
2 candidates split by 2 ballots
Gary Ander edged out Mason 896 to 894. The candidates, both councillors, were shocked.
"I expected it to be close ... Obviously, I didn't think it was going to be that close," Ander said in a phone interview the morning after the election.
Mason has already requested a recount, but doesn't think results will change.
"I guess I wish I had canvassed just one more ferry lineup, but it is what it is," said Mason, who watched the results at home with her family.
In Peachland, incumbent Cindy Fortin lost her re-election campaign against former councillor Harry Gough by just one vote.
Clinton was also decided by a single vote, with Coun. Susan Swan edging Roland Stanke. Incumbent Jim Rivett did not run for re-election.
In B.C., judicial recounts aren't automatic unless there's a tie.
Candidates or electoral officers can apply for a recount under several circumstances, including if the votes were not correctly accepted, ballots were not correctly rejected and if the ballot account did not accurately record the number of votes cast.
Other mayoral races decided by less than 1% of the vote:
North Cowichan — 10-vote difference
- Al Siebring (3,017)
- Jon Lefebure (3,001)
Vancouver — 984-vote difference
- Kennedy Stewart (49,812)
- Ken Sim (48,828)
West Vancouver — 21-vote difference
- Mary-Ann Booth (4,394)
- Mark Sager (4,373)
Mayoral races decided by less than 5% of the vote:
Cache Creek — 26-vote difference (5%)
- Santo Talarico (230)
- John Ranta (204)
Chase — 11-vote difference (1%)
- Rod Crow (256)
- David Lepsoe (245)
Chetwynd — 24-vote difference (5%)
- Allen Courtoreille (255)
- Alec Brownlee (231)
Duncan — 26-vote difference (1%)
- Michelle Staples (494)
- Martin Barker (468)
Kaslo — 13-vote difference (2%)
- Suzan Hewat (260)
- Andrew Shadrack (247)
Keremeos — 15-vote difference (2%)
- Manfred Bauer (299)
- Arlene Arlow (284)
Port Edward — 10-vote difference (4%)
- Knut Bjorndal (113)
- Dave MacDonald (103)
Salmo — 25-vote difference (5%)
- Diana Lockwood (270)
- Stephen White (245)
Tumbler Ridge — 13-vote difference (2%)
- Keith Bertrand (251)
- Don McPherson (238)
With files from Brady Strachan and Bridgette Watson
- A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Roland Stanke was mayor of Clinton. In fact, the incumbent mayor is Jim Rivett, who did not run for re-election Oct. 20.Oct 22, 2018 9:41 AM PT