Virginia Smith takes mayoral seat by 315 votes

District of Barriere elects new mayor over incumbent Bill Humphreys

Virginia Smith

Virginia Smith

Virginia Smith has taken the mayoral seat away from incumbent Bill Humphreys by 315 votes in the Nov. 15, municipal election ( Smith with 506 votes, Humphreys  191).

Smith has served the previous three terms on council.

District of Barriere council members elected include two who will now be serving their fourth consecutive term for the municipality, Ward Stamer (561 votes), and Pat Paula (361). Moving into her second term for Barriere is  Amanda Sabyan (424 votes).  Barriere’s inaugural mayor, Mike Fennell, is back on council with 406 votes, and newcomers Al Fortin (450 votes) and Donna Kibble (458 votes) joining the team.

Candidates for a council seat that were not elected were incumbent Glen Stanley with 325 votes, Harry Eberts with 271 votes, Christine Janis with 182 votes, and Shane Quiding with 161 votes.

The total number of votes cast in the District of Barriere was 703 from 1460 estimated eligible voters.

Note: The final official count released on Nov. 18 shows Smith with one more vote bringing the number to 507 in her favour.  According to the electoral officer, this was a ballot that had been spoiled in the councillor vote area, but was acceptable in the vote for mayor.