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Lake Country residents vote in mostly incumbent council and say "yes" to new fire hall

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LAKE COUNTRY - The people of Lake Country should recognize much of city council with the exception of two, and the results of the referendum show a handsome majority are in favour of a new fire hall.

Chief Election Officer, Willene Perez, sent out the unofficial results last night, Oct. 20 in a media release.

James Baker secured the mayoral seat with 1479 votes. His opponent Barry Rhodes came in at 1266 votes.

The elected political newcomer on city council is Cara Reed for Car's Landing with 183 votes. Opponent Jeanette Lambert got 65 votes.

The other newcomer Jerremy Kozub for Winfield was acclaimed.

There were a total of 2791 ballots cast in the Lake Country election; with 923 electors casting their vote on Advance Voting Days and 1868 voting on General Election Day, the release says.

The majority of voters also indicated support for borrowing up to $6.6 million for the building of a new Fire Hall to replace Station 71 and Fire Administration building in the Winfield neighbourhood of Lake Country.  There were 1724 in favour and 1026 opposed when asked on the ballot: “Are you in favour of the District of Lake Country enacting Loan Authorization (Fire Hall) Bylaw 1062, 2018 to authorize the borrowing of up to $6,600,000 to fund the construction of a new Fire Hall?”

The new School Trustee for Zone 1 is Amy Geistlinger with 1472 votes.

Name  — Position  — Total votes

James Baker — Mayor — 1479

Penny Gambell  — Councillor at Large — 2001

Bill Scarrow — Councillor at Large — 1456

Jerremy Kozub — Winfield Councillor — Acclaimed

Blair Ireland — Okanagan Centre Councillor — Acclaimed

Cara Reed — Carr’s Landing Councillor —183

Todd McKenzie — Oyama Councillor — 239

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