Year in Review: Township residents vote in new councillors

A hard-fought Langley Township election in 2014 saw a large number of newcomers enter the race, with a few of them dislodging veteran councillors.

Initially Jack Froese looked to have a lock on a second term as mayor. Through the summer and early fall, no other candidates announced they would run, and in the early weeks of registration, only Serena Oh, a relative unknown from Brookswood, signed on to challenge him.

Less than half an hour before registration closed, former mayor Rick Green signed up.

While Green and Froese clashed in debates, the major issues of the campaign were more evident in the small coalitions, formal and informal, among new council candidates.

Three years of sometimes controversial land development decisions led to the creation of groups like the two-person Live Langley slate and Unelection Langley. Unelection, in particular, slammed most of the sitting councillors over issues such as the Brookswood OCP process, Willoughby development, the Coulter Berry building, Glen Valley land sales, and the Aldergrove Pool.

In the end, Froese won a convincing victory over Green, with Oh coming in third.

There was some change on council, though most candidates endorsed by Unelection Langley were shut out.

Veteran councillors Grant Ward, Bev Dornan, and the long-serving Steve Ferguson, lost their seats to three newcomers.

Angie Quaale, Blair Whitmarsh, and Petrina Arnason all won seats. Only Arnason had run for office previously.

Popular incumbent councillor David Davis topped the polls, and councillors Kim Richter, Charlie Fox, Michelle Sparrow, and Bob Long were all re-elected.

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