UPDATE: Two new faces on Langley City council

 

Ted Schaffer remains in the mayor’s chair in Langley City, and all the incumbent councillors who were seeking re-election are staying on.

Schaffer’s first feeling upon hearing the results was not elation but relief.

“You can’t take anything for granted in life,” he said. “The other candidates were working very hard as well.”

While Schaffer has run for a council seat in the past, going for the mayor’s chair is a new, tougher challenge because all those running were interested in making their community a better place.

Voters didn’t seem to share that commitment.

Only 4,187 voters of the 20,030 eligible voters turned out to the polls, a dismal 20.9 per cent.

The new four-year terms will be a challenge for the new council, he said.

“It’s exciting times,” Schaffer said.

Education Minister and former City mayor Peter Fassbender gave the City a high profile when he was mayor and Schaffer said he plans to continue that legacy.

“I’m looking forward to working with the neighbouring mayors,” Schaffer said. “I have a great relationship with the mayors from the south side of the [Fraser] river.”

Two council seats up for grabs for challengers were taken by Val van den Broek and Paul Albrecht.

Schaffer, who inherited the council’s leadership by decision of fellow council members after Fassbender stepped aside to run for a Surrey MLA seat and joined Christy Clark’s provincial cabinet, received 2,781 votes, to walk past challengers Randy Caine (767) and Ray Lewis (558).

(Actual vote tallies are unofficial at this time.)

Incumbent Dave Hall topped the councillors’ polls, with 2,172 votes.

He was followed by van den Broek’s 1,864.

Next up were Rudy Storteboom (1,856) who previously sat on council before this most recent term, incumbent Gayle Martin (1,851), and then newcomer Paul Albrecht (1,738).

The last seat goes to Jack Arnold with 1,599 votes.

Out of the running were Nathan Pachal (1,528), Sharon Newbery (1,493), Miriam Marshall (1,463), Carla Robin (1,403), Christine MacIntosh (1,164), and Ron Abgrall (590).

Schaffer said he looks forward to working with the new council and the new councillors.

“It brings new ideas, fresh ideas,” he said of having new councillors. “And those that do come on board can see it’s not as easy as it seems.”

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