Nathan Pachal was the clear winner in the Langley City byelection on Saturday, taking 740 votes out of the 2,074 cast for all nine candidates.
“I’m really excited that people in Langley City chose fresh ideas,” said Pachal, 32.
A longtime advocate for better local transit and walkable communities, Pachal spent much of his campaign talking about community safety, and enhancing both the business environment and Langley City parks.
He said one of the first things he wants to take a look at once he is sworn in as a councillor is to work on the Nicomekl floodplain, cleaning it up and making it more accessible for City residents.
He also wants to work on 203rd Street as well, including cycling access and greenways, working with residents along the roadway.
Sitting councillors and some of Pachal’s fellow candidates dropped by at the Best Western conference room where Pachal was stationed to congratulate him. Among those were Kiernan Hillan, who had the second-highest vote total with 557.
Also dropping by early on were Councillors Rudy Storteboom and Val van den Broek, and Mayor Ted Schaffer.
This is the second time Pachal has run for office, winning the seventh-highest vote total in the six-person race in 2014.
“Losing by 71 votes was a little painful, to be honest,” Pachal said of the last election.
He was gratified to win decisively in the byelection.
The byelection was called to replace Councillor Dave Hall, who resigned his seat last year shortly before he passed away after a battle with cancer.
There were nine candidates in the byelection.
The total votes released following the count were:
Pachal, Nathan 740
Hillan, Kiernan 557
Newbery, Sharon 158
Coburn, Shelley 141
Kositsky, Mel 140
Gran, Carol 126
Maj, Rae 79
Roman, George 76
Oh, Serena 57