By Tyler Olsen and Carol Aun
Randy Hawes will be the new mayor of Mission.
The former MLA and mayor handily won Saturday’s municipal election, garnering 3,068 votes and beating out second-place Coun. Tony Luck by more than 800 ballots. Incumbent mayor Ted Adlem finished in third place, with 1,840 votes. Wendy Bales, with 759 votes, and Kevin Francis, with 239, rounded out the mayor’s race.
About a dozen people were anxiously watching the numbers come in at the Hawes household. The small celebration moved to The Stage at the Bellevue around 10 p.m., where Hawes joined several other victorious council and school board candidates.
“I feel elated,” Randy Hawes told the Record. “Nasty politics don’t work here. I ran because I don’t like the nastiness at city hall and how citizens were treated. Ted Adlem did what he thought was best, but I don’t agree with him.”
Hawes added, “I’m happy I get to rectify a mistake I made three years ago … I’m happy with the council selected. They’re great people who will help shape the community.”
None of Adlem’s Citizens for Responsible Municipal Government slate were elected, and the only incumbent councillor to win re-election was Jenny Stevens, who finished fifth.
Adlem said he couldn’t say why voters have rejected his team.
“You’re going to have to ask the voters that,” he said, after conceding that he wasn’t going to win the mayor’s race.
“One thing I know in politics: the voter is always right.”
Tony Luck said he was disappointed with the results.
“Obviously I’m a little disappointed. We put up a good fight. I think there’s no question there’s still an appeal with Randy Hawes … They wanted change and I think there’s a little bit of a CRMG backlash.”
Pam Alexis led all council candidates, with 4,267 votes. She’ll be joined around the council table by Rhett Nicholson (4,231 votes), Carol Hamilton (4,164 votes), Danny Plecas (3,463 votes), Stevens (2,587 votes) and Jim Hinds (2,430 votes).
“I’m proud of Mission. We’ve taken Mission back,” said Alexis, who believes the new council can work together to move Mission forward.
Plecas noted: “The community has spoken loud and clear. They want a council that’s respectful and honest. I look forward to what we can do in the next four years. “
There was a nearly 600 vote gap back to the rest of the un-elected field, with Terry Gidda and Shazad Shah finishing seventh and eighth place and separated by just seven votes (1,834 and 1,827, respectively).
Incumbent CRMG councillors Larry Nundal (1,394 votes), and Dave Hensman (1,259 votes) failed in their bids for re-election, as did Jeff Jewell, who had previously split with the CRMG slate (1,769 votes). (Jewell, Luck, Stevens and Nelson Tilbury, who didn’t seek re-election, had all been elected councillors in 2011 as part of CRMG but split over differences).
In the Fraser Valley Regional District Area, Shelley Carter will be returning as the rural area trustee for school district 75. She received 174 votes, while challenger Earl Babich received 126.
In Electoral Area C, incumbent Wendy Bales, who received 138 votes, was unseated by Alec Niemi, with 167 votes.
Electoral Area F director Ray Boucher and Electoral Area G director Al Stobbart were unchallenged in their roles.
All election results are unofficial.
Full council results:
Pam Alexis: 4,267 votes
Bobby Brar (CRMG): 1,507 votes
Attila Davalovsky (CRMG): 1,349 votes
Don Forsythe (CRMG): 1,343 votes
Carol Hamilton: 4,164 votes
Ronn Harris (CRMG): 1,572 votes
Dave Hensman (CRMG): 1,259 votes
Jim Hinds: 2,430 votes
Barry Jeske: 583 votes
Jeff Jewell: 1,769 votes
Michael Nenn: 1,488 votes
Rhett Nicholson: 4,231 votes
Danny Plecas: 3,463 votes
Shazad Shah: 1,827 votes
Jenny Stevens: 2,587 votes
Terry Stobbart: 1,467 votes
Rich Vigurs: 942 votes