A former Town of Qualicum Beach councillor will be back on council.
Anne Skipsey received the most votes of any of the five candidates running in the Town of Qualicum Beach’s byelection, which was held on May 15.
According to preliminary election results posted on the town’s website, Skipsey beat out the next closest candidate, Sarah Duncan, by 522 votes. Fellow candidates Jean Young and Peter Kent received less than 450 votes each while Brian Denbigh had just 36 votes cast in his favour.
Skipsey previously served as a town councillor from 2014-2018 and on her campaign’s Facebook page, she said she was honoured to win the byelection.
“I am so honoured and excited about being elected to council in this by-election. Thank you for giving me the privilege; I look forward to serving you over the next 17 months,” she wrote. “I would like to acknowledge all the candidates who ran in this election – Brian, Sarah, Peter and Jean. Thank you for your dedication to this community. It is a huge undertaking and commitment to run. I feel truly blessed to have had so many people supporting me during this election.”
There were 3,365 total ballots were cast and voter turnout was a little over 40 pe cent for the byelection, which was held in order to fill the seat vacated by Adam Walker, who left after becoming MLA for Parksville-Qualicum MLA last year.
Skipsey will be officially sworn during a live-streamed council meeting on May 27 at 10 a.m.