Incumbent Christina Smith easily elected mayor of Westmount

Christina Smith took 60 per cent of the vote, garnering nearly double the votes of her closest competitor, ex-councillor Patrick Martin.

Smith, interim mayor since Peter Trent retired in April, trounces Patrick Martin and Beryl Wajsman

Christina Smith has been serving as interim mayor of Westmount for seven months. (Christina Smith/Facebook)

Incumbent Christina Smith has been elected mayor of Westmount, taking 60 per cent of the vote in a three-way mayoral race.

Smith has been serving as interim mayor since she was acclaimed by Westmount city council when Peter Trent retired last April.

"To have a clear mandate from citizens is pretty great, and I'm excited about what's ahead," she told CBC News.

In this campaign, she faced off against longtime city councillor Patrick Martin and local newspaper editor Beryl Wajsman.

Martin took 31 per cent of the vote, and Wajsman trailed with nine per cent.

Her platform included plans to make Westmount a shopping destination and to streamline permit applications. 

"I have a long list," she said.

Many in Westmount gathered at city hall to watch the results including friends and family of the candidates.

In total, 16 candidates were running for six city councillor positions representing individual districts. Philip Cutler and Jeff Shamie were acclaimed to represent their respective districts.

The challengers

After 12 years as Westmount's public works commissioner, Martin hoped to put his experience as an engineer and city planner to good use, working on improving the city's infrastructure.

The other candidate, Wajsman, first came to public attention in the 1990s as a fundraiser for the federal Liberal party. More recently he sought the Conservative nomination in Mount-Royal.

But he is perhaps best known now as the editor-in-chief of the community newspaper The Suburban.

The race to become Westmount's mayor

5 years ago
Duration 4:36
In what promises to be a tight race, incumbent Christina Smith is trying to hold onto to her job in the face of stiff competition from city councillor Patrick Martin and The Suburban editor Beryl Wajsman.