Mission residents swept out the mayor and nearly the entire council in a victory by the Citizens for Responsible Municipal Government (CRMG) slate on Nov. 19.
Local business owner Ted Adlem replaced 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 Tilbury (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 his supporters.