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Pool referendum passes, John Murphy elected to council

Voters stand in queue outside the Nechako Senior Friendship Centre, waiting to cast ballots in the pool referendum and Vanderhoof by-election on Saturday, Feb. 16.  - Cameron Ginn/Omineca Express
Voters stand in queue outside the Nechako Senior Friendship Centre, waiting to cast ballots in the pool referendum and Vanderhoof by-election on Saturday, Feb. 16.
— image credit: Cameron Ginn/Omineca Express

The pool referendum passed and John Murphy was elected to council on Saturday, Feb. 16.

In an extraordinary showing of electors at the Nechako Senior Friendship Centre,  where the polling station was set up, Vanderhoof voted overwhelmingly in favor of allowing the municipality to borrow $4 million to put towards building a $12-million aquatic facility.

According to official results from the municipal office, 1,207 electors from the District of Vanderhoof voted yes at the pool referendum, while 353 voted no.

In Area F of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, 575 electors voted yes and 472 people voted against the referendum through various means, including mail-in ballots, advanced polling and by voting in person on Feb. 16.

In the Vanderhoof by-election, which was held in conjunction with the pool referendum to reduce costs, John Murphy was elected to council with 782 votes.

Candidates Peet Vahi and Marje Makow received 336 and 319 votes, respectively.

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