New Brunswick

Municipal election: Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John get new mayors

New Brunswickers will soon see who will be in charge of their local councils and health and education boards as counting has started in the municipal elections.

Elections New Brunswick says 1,173 candidates running in local races across the province

Elections New Brunswick reported that 43,837 people had voted at 2 p.m. in the municipal elections. (CBC)


  • Mike O'Brien defeats Brad Woodside in Fredericton mayor's race
  • Dawn Arnold defeats Brian Hicks in Moncton mayor's race
  • Don Darling defeats Shelley Rinehart in Saint John mayor's race
  • Paolo Fongemie wins Bathurst mayor's race
  • Gerry Cormier wins Miramichi mayor's race
  • Cyrille Simard wins Edmundston mayor's race

New Brunswick's three largest cities will all have new mayors after Monday's municipal election that saw several changes across the province.

Saint John and Moncton were both going to have a new mayor after their incumbents decided not to run again. 

But Fredericton voters decided to move in a new direction and elected Mike O'Brien, a veteran councillor, over long-time mayor Brad Woodside.

In Saint John, meanwhile, Don Darling defeated Shelley Rinehart. The city businessman has 8,139 votes compared to Rinehart's 6,812.

Moncton's mayoral campaign saw councillors Dawn Arnold and Brian Hicks battle for the city's top job. Arnold won by about 1,100 votes.

Miramichi voters rewarded incumbent mayor Gerry Cormier with a landslide win. He earned 4,151 votes compared to Peggy McLean's 1,537 and John Foran's 1,342.

Edmundston voters also re-elected Cyrille Simard over former mayor Jacques Martin.

There will be some new mayors in northern New Brunswick.

In Bathurst, Paolo Fongemie has defeated Richard Barbeau. 

Campbellton voters saw a close three-way race for the mayor's position.,

Stephanie Anglehart-Paulin emerged victorious with 1,118 votes over Ian Comeau's 1,090 and incumbent mayor Bruce MacIntosh's 1,017.

In Dalhousie, Normand Pelletier defeated incumbent mayor Clem Tremblay. Pelletier won 979 votes compared to Tremblay's 691.

Polls closed throughout the province at 8 p.m. As of 2 p.m., Elections New Brunswick reported that 43,837 people had voted.

There are 1,173 candidates running in local races across the province.

This year's municipal elections have already drawn a record number of voters to the advance polls. 

Elections New Brunswick has more than 4,500 people working today at 353 polling stations.

The agency is using 581 tabulation machines to count the ballots.

The tabulation machines are intended to speed up the process of counting ballots.

The first results of the night, which will come from advance polls and special ballots, are expected within 30 minutes of the polls closing at 8 p.m.

The next step is counting the ballots cast today.

Once the final voter exits a polling station, which could be 15 to 20 minutes after the polls closed, elections staff will begin the process of closing the machine and tallying the final results. This could take about 30 minutes.

In 2012, enough ballots were counted in order to declare winners at about 10 p.m. and the final results were posted on the Elections New Brunswick website at 11:45 p.m.

There are 777 municipal positions in the election, 14 spots on the regional health authority boards and 36 positions on the district education councils.

There is also one plebiscite in the province.

Oromocto voters are being asked to weigh in on a proposal to expand curbside recycling, which would lead to a $40 per year increase in fees.


Daniel McHardie

Digital senior producer

Daniel McHardie is the digital senior producer for CBC New Brunswick. He joined in 2008. He also co-hosts the CBC political podcast Spin Reduxit.