New Brunswick municipal elections, 2004
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Municipal elections in the Canadian province of New Brunswick were held on May 10, 2004. All 104 municipalities in New Brunswick elected mayors and councillors. Also held on that day were elections for regional health boards and district education councils.
These elections marked the end of three-year terms for elected municipal offices. Beginning in 2004, officials began to serve four-year terms, meaning the next elections will be held in 2008.
All municipal elections in New Brunswick are non-partisan.
In each of the province's three major cities, the mayoral races were won by non-incumbents:
- In Saint John, Norm MacFarlane, a former member of Premier Bernard Lord's cabinet, defeated incumbent Shirley McAlary, who had served since 1994.
- In Fredericton, former mayor Brad Woodside, who stepped down in 1999, announced his return to city politics on the final day candidates could file nominations, and won a close race over incumbent Leslie J. Hull and councillor Joel Richardson.
- In Moncton, which was a two-term incumbent Brian Murphy was not reoffering, deputy mayor Lorne Mitton was elected over councillor George LeBlanc.
Other cities and towns also elected new mayors:
- In Miramichi, John McKay won in a close three-way battle against Frank Trevors and Gerry Cormier. Arch Pafford, better known for founding the Confederation of Regions Party of New Brunswick, finished a distant fourth. There was no incumbent, as former mayor Rupert Bernard decided to (successfully) run for a seat on city council instead.
- In Edmundston, Gérald Allain defeated incumbent Jacques Martin.
- In Bathurst, Stephen Brunet defeated incumbent Jay Mersereau and three other challengers.
- Former Oromocto mayor Fay Tidd returned to the post that she held in the 1990s by defeating incumbent Ross Giberson and two other candidates.
- Clarence Sweetland defeated David Burrell to become mayor of Riverview. Former mayor Bruce Fitch jumped to provincial politics, winning as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the 2003 election.
- Paul Duffie, a cabinet minister in the government of Frank McKenna, was easily elected in Grand Falls.
- Raymond Cormier defeated incumbent Camille Belliveau in Shediac.
- Jeff Wright was acclaimed in Woodstock, while Jean-Eudes Savoie was also acclaimed in Tracadie-Sheila.
A small number of major communities had mayors return to their positions:
- Campbellton Mayor Mark Ramsay survived a challenge from Bruce MacIntosh to win with 54% of the vote.
- In St. Stephen, Bob Brown won 56% of the vote against Ken Parker.
- Ron Maloney won 89% of the vote in Quispamsis.
- Grace Losier was easily re-elected in Grand Bay-Westfield.
- The mayors of Dieppe (Yvon LaPierre), Caraquet (Antonio Landry), Beresford (Raoul Charest), Sackville (Jamie Smith), Rothesay (Bill Bishop), and Sussex (Ralph Carr) won by acclamation.
Three communities held plebiscites on election day:
- The City of Edmundston banned smoking in indoor public places by a margin of 74.1% to 25.9%.
- The City of Miramichi voted to scrap the ward system of electing city council in favour of ten at-large councillors. The plebiscite passed 53.7% to 46.3%.
- The Village of Belledune decided to keep its ward system, by a margin of 63.3% to 36.7%.
Races in major centres
Below are the results of the mayoral races in selected cities and towns across the province:
|Les Hull (inc.)||3,415||20.2|
Elected to city council
Fredericton elects twelve councillors, each on the ward system.
|Dan Keenan||Ward 1|
|Bruce Grandy||Ward 2|
|Mike O'Brien* (inc.)||Ward 3|
|Norah Davidson* (inc.)||Ward 4|
|Walter Brown (inc.)||Ward 5|
|Marilyn Kerton* (inc.)||Ward 6|
|Scott McConaghy (inc.)||Ward 7|
|Tony Whalen||Ward 8|
|Tommy Jellinek* (inc.)||Ward 9|
|Stephen Kelly*||Ward 10|
|Cathy MacLaggan||Ward 11|
|David Kelly||Ward 12|
Elected to City Council
Moncton elects two councillors at-large, and two from each of four wards.
|Kathryn Barnes (inc.)||At large|
|Pierre Boudreau||At large|
|Norm Crossman (inc.)||Ward 1|
|Stephen Boyce (inc.)||Ward 1|
|Merrill Henderson* (inc.)||Ward 2|
|Doug Robertson* (inc.)||Ward 2|
|Brian Hicks (inc.)||Ward 3|
|Steve Mitton||Ward 3|
|Chris Collins* (inc.)||Ward 4|
|Rene Landry*||Ward 4|
|Shirley McAlary (inc.)||9,199||36.1|
Elected to Common Council
Saint John elects 10 councillors at large. Elected candidates only are listed below.
|Stephen Chase (inc.)||9,336|
|Ivan Court (inc.)||8,470|
|John Ferguson (inc.)||7,603|
|Carl White (inc.)||7,592|
|Christopher Titus (inc.)||6,857|