Voters head to cast their ballot in Canada’s federal election at the Fairbanks Interpretation Centre in Dartmouth, N.S., on October 21, 2019. Federal parties appear to have seen a drop in their fundraising figures in 2020, in a year when the pandemic dented donations of all kinds. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Voters head to cast their ballot in Canada’s federal election at the Fairbanks Interpretation Centre in Dartmouth, N.S., on October 21, 2019. Federal parties appear to have seen a drop in their fundraising figures in 2020, in a year when the pandemic dented donations of all kinds. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Blackfalds votes in new mayor

Blackfalds will see a slight change in the council chambers as newly elected Mayor Jamie Hoover takes his seat.

Hoover says that when he heard the results he was excited and eager but also had a sense of anxiousness knowing that he now has a big job ahead of him.

“It’s pretty clear that many people in our community are divided. Particularly over COVID related restrictions. We’ve had to make some decisions that displeased either one side or the other and that’s been challenging our mandate to try and treat everyone in our community equally,” says Hoover. “I think one of the first priorities for our council is to come together to find ways to close that difficult divide and find ways to try and meet as many peoples needs as possible.”

The mayor-elect is grateful for the community support.

“Those who voted for me I want to say thank you for your support and trusting me. For those who didn’t, I want you to know that I will do my best to try and understand your perspectives and look after the community as a whole.”

Marina Appel, Brenda Dennis, Jim Sands, Rebecca Stendie, Laua Svab and Amanda Valin were voted to Town of Blackfalds Council and will serve as councillors.

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