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Six of seven re-elected in Langley City race

Langley City Councillor Rosemary Wallace (right) is comforted by Councillor Gayle Martin as Wallace sheds a tear for her defeated colleague Rudy Storteboom at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre on Saturday night. Both women held onto their respective council seats. - Brenda ANDERSON/Langley Times
Langley City Councillor Rosemary Wallace (right) is comforted by Councillor Gayle Martin as Wallace sheds a tear for her defeated colleague Rudy Storteboom at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre on Saturday night. Both women held onto their respective council seats.
— image credit: Brenda ANDERSON/Langley Times

It was nothing if not a vote of confidence for Langley City council at the polls on Saturday night.

Mayor Peter Fassbender handily won a third term in office, while five of six sitting council members were given a mandate by voters to carry on.

One-term council member Rudy Storteboom was the only incumbent to be unseated, with former City councillor Ted Schaffer earning the third highest number of votes, behind Rosemary Wallace and Teri James. (Full results on page 16). Schaffer previously served for 18 years on City council before stepping away from politics in 2008.

As the clock passed 8 p.m. — the time the polls closed — Fassbender stepped away from the gathering in the Coast Hotel, to find a quiet place to learn the results from the municipality’s single voting station at Nicomekl Elementary.

As he returned and read the names of each successful candidate in the room, cheers went up for Wallace, James and Gayle Martin, as well as for Rob McFarlane and Candy Ashdown, who were both successful in their bids for the two City seats on the Langley school board.

“The results are heartening,” Fassbender told the gathering.

However, the celebratory atmosphere inside the room was tempered by Storteboom’s unseating.

“We’re going to miss Rudy, but I know he’s going to be around in the community,” Fassbender said. “Rudy, you’re a good man, with a good heart.”

As they thanked their supporters, each of the councillors took a moment to acknowledge Storteboom’s service to the community and wish him well.

“Thank you, Rudy, for being beside  me and supporting me,” said a tearful Wallace. “I’m going to miss you.”

“Rudy, sometimes democracy sucks,” said McFarlane.

Storteboom, in return, offered his thanks to the community and the people who supported his campaign.

“It was an honour and a privilege to serve. I did my duty to the community, and I encourage others to do the same.”

Overall, said Fassbender, he was pleased with results.

“I think we have a council we can work with,” he said.

“There’s no candidate (elected) who has a single agenda,” he told the jubilant crowd, in reference to medical marijuana advocate Randy Caine, who threw his hat in the political ring after his Langley City dispensary was raided by police and closed in July.

Caine placed last in the polls.

Fassbender later acknowledged that he’s “been concerned about Randy Caine’s agenda for a while.”

“I want to support and help (people who need medical marijuana) but not in an illegal way. We will continue to work with Health Canada to do that,” he said.

In the City, 3,583 — or 20.8 per cent — of 17,163 eligible voters cast a ballot in Saturday’s election. That’s down slightly from the 21.1 per cent who voted in the 2008 election.

At the advance poll, 676 City residents cast a ballot this year, up 0.7 per cent from the previous election.

Complete City results

Mayor:

Peter Fassbender      2455

Ron Abgrall         983

 

Council:

Rosemary Wallace     1973 (inc)

Teri James         1790 (inc)

Ted Schaffer     1750 (e)

Gayle Martin         1655 (inc)

Dave Hall          1635 (inc)

Jack Arnold         1521 (inc)

 

Not Elected:

Rudy Storteboom     1485

Paul Albrecht     1209

Catfish Potesta     1157

Dave Humphries     828

Darrell Krell         815

Randy Caine     814

 

School Trustee

Robert McFarlane    2233 (inc)

Candy Ashdown    1845 (e)

 

Not Elected:

Stacey Cody     1424

 

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