It was a team win of sorts.
Terry Rysz was elected mayor of Sicamous with a sound margin, garnering a total of 545 votes to contender Malcom MacLeod’s 345.
But the biggest message sent by Sicamous voters was they wanted something new and the team approach put forward by five candidates Gord Bushell, Malcolm Makayev, Todd Kyllo, Jeff Mallmes and Colleen Anderson. All five were the top ranked vote-getters in the order they appear.
Council was rounded out by Janna Simons, who is known for her dedication in attending meetings as a a concerned citizen. She will now be the sixth councillor elected in a very close final vote tally of 371 to incumbent Fred Busch’s 368.
This means there will be no incumbent councillors at the table, although Rysz held a spot on the previous council.
It is certainly possible that a recount could be sought for that final space on council.
This may have also contributed to the lengthy ballot counting process, which went into Sunday’s early morning hours, and was continuing while the majority of B.C. municipalities had already posted results.
A total of 904 ballots were cast.
Unofficial vote counts for mayor were:
Terry Rysz 545*
Malcolm MacLeod 345
Unofficial votes totals for council were:
Gord Bushell 682*
Malcolm Makayev 565*
Todd Kyllo 518*
Jeff Mallmes 492*
Colleen Anderson 463*
Janna Simons 371*
Fred Busch 368
Charlotte Hutchinson 337
Donna Mounce 280
Don Richardson 256
Joan Thomson 229
Lynn Miller 179