The unofficial results of the local government elections held Nov. 19 defined who will be leading the South Cariboo’s local communities during the next three years.
District of 100 Mile House Mayor Mitch Campsall says he is happy and relieved to be re-elected for another three-year term, as the election period is a “stressful” time.
“For me it’s a good thing. I appreciate it and I appreciate my supporters, my family who stuck by me and my friends.”
Campsall says he will continue to try to reduce taxation, improve infrastructure, bring in new industry and better services, and streamline business-permit processes.
“The biggest thing we can do is make it easy for business to operate in our community.”
Defeated district mayoral candidate Maureen Pinkney says she was “extremely disappointed” with the low voter turnout.”
“It’s sad that at a time when things really need to get moving, people don’t care enough to get out and vote.”
Pinkney says she wishes the new councillors and the mayor well in the next three years, and hopes they can listen to the people, and try to accomplish those things.
“This town needs to get a little more enthusiasm in it.”
Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Area L Director Bruce Rattray says he is looking forward to “ticking off” a few more items on the to-do list.
“I am pleased people have confidence in me. I felt the past [three year term] was good, but stopping there would be leaving things unfinished.”
One of the first things Rattray says he would like to see get underway before spring are updates to emergency planning, but he adds in all of the ongoing actions, public engagement is key.
Rattray’s unsuccessful opponent Tom Baraniak says running in the local elections was a learning experience.
“I learned a lot about the people, the problems and the regulations in our community.”
For a first-time candidate, Baraniak says he had “a good result” in the election and thanks all the groups that met with him and listened to what he had to say during his campaign.
New CRD Area H Director Margo Wagner says she is “really happy” she won the race.
“I’m glad [the vote] was as decisive as it was because I feel it gives me a good mandate to do the job.”
Wagner will determine her initial actions after she is sworn in at the first board meeting on Dec. 9.
“I’m sure I’ll come home with a wealth of reading and then, hopefully, it will be down to business.”
She notes some of her main concerns include a review of the Forest Grove water system, improving high-speed Internet coverage and getting more rural recycling options.
Defeated Area H candidate Ron Lister says he offers his congratulations to Wagner and thinks she will “do a good job.”
“Thanks to everyone who helped me with my try at politics. I will still be involved in the community, as I have been for the past 17 years.”
Lister adds he may still dabble with politics again and “hasn’t written that off.”