Lethbridge municipal election, 2010

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Lethbridge municipal election, 2010
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Mayor and 8 aldermen to Lethbridge City Council
 
Leader Rajko Dodic Chris Spearman
Popular vote 6,170 5,962
Percentage 25.2 24.3

 
Leader Cheryl Meheden James Frey
Popular vote 5,168 4,911
Percentage 21.1 20.0

Mayor before election

Bob Tarleck

Elected Mayor

Rajko Dodic

The 2010 Lethbridge municipal election was held Monday, October 18, 2010 to elect a mayor and eight aldermen (at-large), and five of the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 4's nine trustees (as Ward 2). The seven Lethbridge School District No. 51 trustees were acclaimed, five being incumbents. Since 1968, provincial legislation has required every municipality to hold triennial elections. Of the 69,863 eligible voters, only 24,522 turned in a ballot, a voter turnout of 35.1%, and an average of 5.9 aldermen per ballot. One seat was not filled at the swearing-in ceremony, as a result of Alderman-elect Bob Babki's death. The seat was filled following a by-election over three months later.

Results[edit]

Bold indicates elected, incumbents are italicized, and an asterisk indicates not sworn in.

Mayor[edit]

Mayor[1]
Candidate Votes  %
Rajko Dodic 6,170 25.2
Chris Spearman 5,962 24.3
Cheryl Meheden 5,168 21.1
James P. Frey 4,911 20.0
Dennis Carrier 1,298 5.3
Kay Adeniyi 667 2.7

Aldermen[edit]

Aldermen[1]
Candidate Votes  % Candidate Votes  %
Joe Mauro 12,962 52.9 Margaret Simmons 3,985 16.3
Bob Babki* 11,440 46.7 Geri Hecker 3,728 15.2
Bridget Mearns 8,740 35.6 Melvin James Fletcher 3,667 15.0
Ryan Parker 8,489 34.6 Bev Lanz 3,453 14.1
Jeff Carlson 8,067 32.9 Lee Cutforth 3,257 13.3
Faron Ellis 7,891 32.2 Hazel Hart 2,694 11.0
Liz Iwaskiw 6,963 28.4 Joyce Van Der Lee 2,638 10.8
Tom Wickersham 6,803 27.7 Bob Cooney 2,470 10.1
Jeffrey Coffman 6,590 26.9 Rory Tarant 1,956 8.0
Lea Switzer 6,407 26.1 Fiona Doherty 1,953 8.0
Blaine E. Hyggen 5,867 23.9 Kris Bouchard 1,895 7.7
Bal Boora 5,773 23.5 Kris Jones 1,021 4.2
Shaun Ward 4,706 19.2 Kevin Layton 1,018 4.2
Gary Weikum 4,367 17.8 Bob Janzen 938 3.8
Ken Tratch 4,274 17.4 Rod Hoeg 539 2.2

* Bob Babki died before being sworn into office.[2]

By-election[edit]

The 2011 Lethbridge municipal by-election was held Tuesday, February 1, 2011 to elect one aldermen at-large. On October 18, 2010, Bob Babki was elected to the eight alderman council, in the regular scheduled municipal election. He died on October 30, from a suspected heart failure, two days before he would have been sworn into office.[2] Minister of Municipal Affairs Hector Goudreau wrote Mayor Rajko Dodic, and by extension all citizens of Lethbridge, on November 18, that because Alderman-elect Babki was declared elected, a by-election would be required.[3] The Municipal Government Act requires the City to hold a by-election within 90 days of a vacancy, since the vacancy did not occur until the new council was sworn in on November 1, 2010, it would have been January 30, 2011 at the latest, the two day discrepancy was not explained on the City election website.[4] Of the 68,294 eligible voters, only 8,843 turned in a ballot, a voter turnout of 12.9%.

Alderman[5]
Candidate Votes  %
Jeffrey Coffman 3,304 37.4
Lea Switzer 1,363 15.4
George R. McCrea 1,015 11.5
Bal Boora 944 10.7
Ken Tratch 876 9.9
Blaine Eddy Hyggen 771 8.7
Wade Galloway 237 2.7
Kay Adeniyi 231 2.6
Kevin Layton 72 0.8
Rod J. Hoeg 30 0.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2010 Official Election Results" (PDF). City of Lethbridge. October 22, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Sudden death of Lethbridge alderman-elect". ctvcalgary.ca. October 31, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ Hector Goudreau (November 18, 2010). "Letter from MLA Hector Goudreau to Mayor Rajko Dodic" (PDF). Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ City of Lethbridge: Municipal By-Election 2011
  5. ^ City of Lethbridge: Unofficial Election Results