Three new faces gained spots on the Langley Township council, and three incumbent councillors were defeated.
Petrina Arnason, active in campaigns against land sales in Glen Valley and on other environmental issues, TWU professor Blair Whitmarsh, and former Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce president and business owner Angie Quaale all won seats.
Ousted were Steve Ferguson, Bev Dornan, and Grant Ward, all of whom had served multiple terms before this election.
Incumbents David Davis, Kim Richter, Charlie Fox, Michelle Sparrow, and Bob Long all kept their seats.
â€œThey were ready for change, thatâ€™s very clear,â€ Quaale said of the Langley Township electorate.
She said sheâ€™s looking forward to working with Froese and the new council.
Even after winning, Whitmarsh called the results â€œsurprising,â€ with three incumbents toppled.
â€œThe voters wanted some change on council, and they got it,â€ he said.
He expects the new council may be a bit cautious about moving forward on development, and will be looking for more community involvement on the Brookswood OCP.
â€œI think itâ€™s going to be a very interesting council,â€ Whitmarsh said.
Arnason said itâ€™s early days, but is hoping the new council will seek some balance.
â€œWeâ€™re a large and diverse community, and there are so many needs to be addressed,â€ she said.
The daughter of the late long-serving councillor Muriel Arnason, Petrina Arnason said she canâ€™t ride on her motherâ€™s laurels.
â€œI do want to build on that legacy,â€ she said.
A veteran of municipal politics, Fox is looking forward to getting back to work at the council table.
â€œIâ€™m really excited about going back, and working with Mayor Jack Froese,â€ Fox said. â€œHis sound leadership will prevail over the next four years. Weâ€™ve got some work to do in the Willoughby area, in the development piece of 208th Street, getting that cleared up, getting some of the other infrastructure projects done.â€
Fox added that the Township has â€œgot to move aheadâ€ with the pool and the recreation centre in Aldergrove.
â€œSo Iâ€™m really excited about getting some of these major projects that have been on the table a while off the ground, and the shovels in the ground, and getting going with this.â€
Several of the defeated candidates were surprised at the results.
â€œItâ€™s not what I expected,â€ said Jackie Mandzak, a Brookswood resident who decided to run after becoming involved in the efforts to stop the unpopular Brookswood-Fernridge Official Community Plan.
She thought that Clint Lee and Kerri Ross of the two-person Live Langley slate would do better, and she was also surprised that the Brookswood vote didnâ€™t have a bigger impact.
She expects that there will still be strong community activism in Brookswood, if the OCP is revisited.
â€œI think you can expect to have the same kind of turnout and the same kind of pushback if itâ€™s not done with more community input,â€ she said.
Kevin Mitchell said the council will not lead to real change in Langley.
â€œIn fact, I think what it does is it solidifies the majorityâ€™s position,â€ Mitchell said.
He said the candidates who won had done so because they had very well financed campaigns.
The results would be â€œanother four years of the same old, same old,â€ Mitchell said.
Zosia Ettenberg, who was taking her first run at campaigning, said she would have liked a better showing.
She said she hopes that the changes to council and the turnout are enough to make a change in the coming years.