Incumbent mayors re-elected in St. Albert, Strathcona County

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Mayors Rod Frank of Strathcona County, left, and Cathy Heron of St. Albert, right, were both re-elected Monday night.    (Supplied - image credit)
Mayors Rod Frank of Strathcona County, left, and Cathy Heron of St. Albert, right, were both re-elected Monday night. (Supplied - image credit)

The mayors of St. Albert and Strathcona County were re-elected Monday with all polls reporting out of the municipalities neighbouring Edmonton.

Strathcona County Mayor Rod Frank easily won a second term over four opponents, including former Sherwood Park MLAs Annie McKitrick and Dave Quest.

One council incumbent, Brian Botterill, lost his seat in Ward 3 to accountant Harvey Lorne.

Two councillors chose not to run again so two more newcomers were electedl: Aaron C. Nelson in Ward 4 and Corey-Ann Hartwick in Ward 6.

Tight race in St. Albert

Cathy Heron barely clinched a second term as mayor of St. Albert over law student Angela Wood, winning by about 600 votes.

Heron received 6,927 votes, while 6,328 voted for Wood.

"It was much tighter than I thought it would be, which tells me a lot," Heron said.

"There is a signal that's coming from the residents of St. Albert. Not exactly sure what that signals is — I'm going to have to delve into it — but we are where we are."

All four St. Albert council incumbents kept their seats. Two councillors did not seek re-election and will be replaced by newcomers Mike Killick and Shelley Biermanski.

The COVID-19 pandemic created "a bit of a divide" in the race, Heron added, with incumbents and new candidates falling on different sides of the debates around masking and vaccinations. Several candidates also focused on greater council transparency and more fiscal restraint.

Heron was pleased with the election of several "progressive" candidates in other central Alberta communities, including mayor-elect Amerjeet Sohi in Edmonton.

"Albertans, for the majority, set a progressive tone to the next four years at municipal levels and those people … represent ideas and they represent community and they represent inclusion, and I'm very pleased to see that across Alberta," she said.

New mayors in Red Deer, Morinville

Two central Alberta municipalities have elected new mayors.

In Red Deer, mayor-elect Ken Johnston, a two-term city councillor, handily defeated fellow councillor Buck Buchanan and businessman Jeremy Richard Moore.

Outgoing mayor Tara Veer did not seek re-election after 17 years on council, including two terms as mayor.

In Morinville, mayor-elect Simon Boersma, a political newcomer, won with a sizeable lead over incumbent mayor Barry Turner.

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