Election 2014: Wilfried Vicktor wins mayoral race in Hope

Mix of new and familiar faces at the council table

Wilfried Vicktor is once again taking over Hope’s top job.

The former mayor, councillor and school trustee earned 913 votes from residents in Saturday’s municipal election, while Lloyd Forman received 556, Glen Ogren 268 and Cindy Young 110.

“While waiting for the results, I thought to myself whatever the result, I’ve never felt this connected to Hope,” said Vicktor. “I was excited by the level and diversity of support. I thought it might be a little closer, but I’m glad it was not. I’m looking forward to four years of working for the community. We have the team in place and I’m there to bring out the best in them.”

The new mayor plans to sit down with councillors over the next couple weeks to find out where their passions lie and set up committees that will address some of the campaign issues. Vicktor is committed to improving communication with the public and hopes to get council meetings televised again soon and uploaded to the district website so residents are aware of what’s going on and can provide feedback. From a budget perspective, he would also like to see council plan four years in advance.

“I just see the potential of Hope. We’re doing relatively well now, but I feel we can do so much better,” said Vicktor. “High taxes were a huge concern in the campaign. Personally I think very small predictable increases are probably a more prudent way to do business. It’s very important that the public can plan their future as well.”

Outgoing mayor Susan Johnston, who decided not to seek re-election this year, says her departure from office is bittersweet but she’s looking forward to spending more time with family.

“I loved my job. I will miss it but I look forward to the next path that I plan to take,” she added. “I’m hoping (the new mayor and council) will be cohesive and they’ll work together in the best interest of the whole community. We set the groundwork over the last three years and I would like to see all of that be followed through and come to fruition.”

At the council table, Bob Erickson, Dusty Smith and Heather Stewin will join incumbents Gerry Dyble, Donna Kropp and Scott Medlock. Current councillors Tim Hudie, Peter Robb and Ron Smith did not seek re-election this year.

Council results were: Scott Medlock (1,199), Dusty Smith (1,112), Gerry Dyble (1,095), Heather Stewin (988), Bob Erickson (806), Donna Kropp  (803), Ryan Mohle (697), Hondo Stroyan (534), Donna Burns (511), Matt Steberl  (460), Stuart Hartmann (399),  Kellen Zerr (144), and Robert Haley (142).

The Hope referendum was defeated on Saturday, with 915 votes against reducing the number of councillors from six to four and 858 votes supporting the change.

Voter turnout was up about 14 per cent this year, with an overall 1,847 ballots cast out of 4,724 eligible voters. In 2011, there were 1,624 ballots cast out of 4,809 eligible voters.

The new mayor and council will officially be sworn in on Dec. 1 at district hall in the council chambers.

Just Posted

Editor’s view: A Hopeful start to the community’s first 10 km run

Good mix of pomp and circumstance, variable terrain and silliness at Sunday’s run

Lower Mainland could see spring flurries

Snow expected at higher elevations

Auditors couldn’t tell if Fraser Health executives bought booze on taxpayers’ dime

Review from 2014 says one administrator bought Bose headphones on company credit card

Experts detect risk of rock avalanche above Bridal Falls near Chilliwack

Risk in the one-in-10,000-year is minimal but triggers FVRD to direct growth elsewhere

VIDEO: Olympic medalist teaches swimming in Hope

Brent Hayden fondly remembers local swim meet from his youth

Vancouver Aquarium’s resident octopus released into ocean

Staff let the Giant Pacific octopus go into the waters near Bowen Island so she can reproduce

Where Canadians buy real estate abroad: report

Hot Spots: Top 30 home-buying destinations for Canadians in the Americas

Ban on grizzly bear hunt, new rules take effect April 1

Taxidermists, tanners will have to report on any grizzly bears or parts brought to them

Ontario father grief stricken over murder of ex-wife and children

‘No words to explain,’ grieving father of slain teens says in statement

LISTEN: Retired broadcaster gives voice to Fraser Valley history

Heritage buff Mark Forsythe introduces Valley Voices, a podcast featuring local history.

Russian Embassy calls Trudeau’s criticism of Putin unproductive

The Russian Embassy is firing back at Trudeau for criticizing President Vladimir Putin

Murder charge upgraded for man accused in Toronto gay village death

Man accused the death of a woman in the Toronto gay village had charge upgraded after new evidence

Former NHL player Theo Fleury visits B.C. First Nations community

Abuse survivor Theo Fleury has been working with communities focusing on healing since 2009 and visited Esketemc First Nation in the Cariboo this week.

City to lobby province after councillor accused of crime refused to resign

Dave Murray was sentenced to nine months for a sexual assault that occurred 26 years ago

Most Read