Longtime councillor Suzan Hewat has been elected mayor of Kaslo, defeating incumbent Greg Lay.
Hewat had 245 votes tonight, compared to former mayor Pat Mackle’s 140 and Lay’s 138. She will be just the second woman to serve as mayor since Kaslo’s incorporation in 1893. Isabel Butler was the first in 1978-79.
Hewat said she didn’t think any particular issue made a difference to the outcome.
“I believe that the citizens of Kaslo knew my record and work ethic given my previous 10 years of experience on council as well as over the last 30 years on numerous volunteer boards,” she said.
Village council will consist of newcomer Romella Glorioso, who topped the polls with 327 votes, followed by Kellie Knoll with 306, incumbent Rob Lang with 236 and fellow incumbent Jimmie Holland with 233.
Those who didn’t make the cut were Lynda Beddow with 195, Louise De Pape with 191, John Addison with 166, Dustin East with 132 and Dave Collier with 123.
“I feel that the community has elected a good team with a mix of people new to council and those with experience,” Hewat said. “I see us as a group that will work well together, bringing different perspectives and knowledge to the table. I am looking forward to serving our community over the next four years.”