Mark McKee defeated his challengers to return to the seat at the head of the City of Revelstoke council table.
McKee received 1,443 votes, almost 600 more than runner-up Michael Brooks-Hill, who received 860 votes. Incumbent mayor David Raven finished third, with 738 votes.
With the win, McKee returns to the mayor’s chair that he held from 2002 to 2008.
He will be joined at the council table by Gary Sulz, Connie Brothers, Scott Duke, Aaron Orlando, Linda Nixon and Trevor English.
The results represent a victory for McKee and the Focus Revelstoke slate, which includes Brothers, Duke and English.
It also marks a defeat for Raven’s administration, with only Nixon returning to the council table out of the five incumbents who ran.
McKee campaigned with a promise for a more transparent and active administration that will focus on economic development. He portrayed himself as someone who gets thing done and would act decisively to deal with Revelstoke’s problems.
Raven was unsuccessful in his attempts to defend his record, portraying himself as a competent manager working to put the community on a long-term sustainable path, with no personal ego involved.
Brooks-Hill entered the race as the long-shot third candidate, with no experience in Revelstoke’s public life. However, he ran a strong campaign and garnered support from many younger voters, as well as those looking for a change from the previous two administrations.
More than 3,041 people cast votes for mayor, out of 5,664 potential registered voters.
Here are the complete results:
Mark McKee – 1,443
Michael Brooks-Hill – 860
David Raven – 738
Gary Sulz – 1,943
Connie Brothers – 1,810
Scott Duke – 1,563
Aaron Orlando – 1,543
Linda Nixon – 1,398
Trevor English – 1,395
Gary Starling – 1,235
Chuck Ferguson – 1,092
George Buhler – 1,088
Karen Powers – 922
Chris Johnston – 911
Steve Bender – 684We will have reaction to the results later.