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Results for Guelph 2014 Municipal Election

Web posted on October 28, 2014

The long awaited day has come and gone, and the results are in for the 2014 Municipal Election. With many predictions coming true and many wild speculations staying just that, a summary of the elected councillors and mayor for our fair city follows.

Starting at the top, this year's election saw the ousting of the incumbent mayor, Karen Farbridge, with city councillor Cam Guthrie moving up to the Big Seat. Leading early in the night, Guthrie won by 5,500 votes. Coming in a distant third place was Jason Blokhuis with 3987 votes.

Unlike in previous years, many Guelphites decided to re-elect many incumbents, several returning politicians, in addition to several new faces for council.

This years' elected councillors are:

  • Ward 1 sees the return of incumbent Bob Bell and taking the second seat is Dan Gibson.
  • Ward 2 also re-elected incumbent Andy Van Hellemond and as Ian Fidley's decision to step down, the second seat went to James Gordon.
  • Ward 3 continued the same pattern with incumbent June Hofland returning but this time the second seat was won by Phil Allt who ousted Maggie Laidlaw.
  • Ward 4 saw two new councillors elected as this year Can Guthrie ran for mayor and Gloria Kovach announced her retirement from City Council. Returning to council is Christine Billings and Mike Salisbury, both councillors are coming back to politics after serving past terms.
  • Ward 5 was no surprise that incumbent Leanne Piper retained her seat. Joining her will be Cathy Downer, also another past councillor who is returning to City Council.
  • Ward 6 also welcomed back incumbent Karl Wettstein and since Todd J. Dennis did not run again, the second seat went to new comer Mark MacKinnon.

This year the City decided once again to use the (much hated) electronic voting system. Setting up 55 polling stations around the City, including one at City Hall downtown saw a steady flow of voters. The electronic system is designed to allow the City to offer residents the option to vote anywhere within their ward. Initially, the system had syncing issues with the electronic voters' list resulting in slightly increased wait times.

"When voters were adding themselves or updating their information at the voting location it was taking longer than expected for their information to update," says Stephen O'Brien, City Clerk. "Voters were still receiving their ballots, and the issue had no impact on the security of the list or ballots."

Counting the advanced polls, and the day of the election, 45% of eligible residents voted, allowing Guelph to maintain its turnout record.