Mission residents swept out the mayor and nearly the entire council in a victory by the Citizens for Responsible Municipal Government (CRMG) slate.
Local business owner Ted Adlem unseated the two-term incumbent, earning 3,728 votes compared to James Atebe’s 2,465. Mike Gildersleeve took 827 votes, while Dan Williamson tallied 343.
CRMG came out with an early lead and held it throughout the ballot counting; the gap widened by a few hundred votes as each new polling station reported, and shortly after 8:30 p.m., Adlem was the winner.
Jenny Stevens, also with CRMG, received the highest number of votes (3,720). Sitting at council with her now will be Dave Hensman (2,546), Jeff Jewell (2,843), Tony Luck (2,956), Larry Nundal (2,946) and Nelson Tillbury (2,638).
During his victory speech, a jubilant Adlem said that he “could not have dreamt we would have swept.”
He went on to say that with this decisive victory, things will be changing in Mission, and then thanked all the supporters and volunteers.
“I’m really excited about the future of Mission,” said Hensman. “We figured we’d get all or nothing.”
Atebe said that he has accepted the results.
“At the moment I have to say that, while disappointed, I can’t question the community’s decision. I am proud of my record and I have left a very strong foundation for the community.”
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