According to the unofficial results, Nancy Cooper is Salmon Arm’s new mayor.
The city’s six council members include: Alan Harrison, Ken Jamieson, Marg Kentel, Debbie Cannon, Denise Reimer and Chad Eliason.
The voters returned incumbents Bobbi Johnson and Michel Saab to the School District #83 board.
Cooper will be Salmon Arm’s second female mayor in history, leading a council where, for the first time, women are in the majority.
She led in all the polls including the community centre, Gleneden, Canoe and the advance polls.
It was third-time’s a charm for the former councillor.
Her victory comes after two unsuccessful mayoral attempts in 2005, where she lost to Marty Bootsma by only three votes, and losing by a larger margin to him again in 2008.
“This is very exciting,” she said shortly after hearing the results at a friend’s home. “A lot of people believed in me for a long time, so I feel like this is their victory too.”
Cooper says she was expecting a close race between her and opponent Kevin Flynn, who has spent the previous nine years on city council.
“I was pretty nervous, especially remembering those three votes from years past. So I really just need to thank all the people who supported me, who campaigned for me. It was their hard work that made this happen.”
Asked what her plans were now, Cooper said she was just going to enjoy the moment.
“Now I’m going to a party with my hard-working supporters… I’ll think about that tomorrow,” she said with a laugh.
Alan Harrison returns to his seat on council, handily topping the polls.
“It feels pretty humbling,” he said shortly after the results come through. “There were so many good candidates in this election, any of them could have been good councillors. I really didn’t know how this was going to go. I’m happy and humbled.”
The voters appeared to appreciate experience on their council, electing four incumbents, in addition to Marg Kentel, who has extensive council experience. Denise Reimer is the sole rookie at the table.
“It looks like a functional council, they are all people I can work with. It’s re-energizing,” says Harrison.
Unofficial results are as follows:
*Nancy Cooper 2,745
Kevin Flynn 2,214
Ronald Telfer 149
Council (six positions) :
* Alan Harrison (incumbent) 2,621
* Ken Jamieson (incumbent) 2,191
* Marg Kentel 2,126
* Debbie Cannon (incumbent) 1,983
* Denise Reimer 1,964
* Chad Eliason (incumbent) 1,860
Warren Bell 1,794
Tim Lavery 1,732
Ivan Idzan 1,546
Glenn Hill 1,523
Lynne Hawrys 1,455
Tom Sakamoto 1,445
Thomas Welsh 1,424
Jim Kimmerly 946
Louise Wallace Richmond 854
John Lund 736
Ted Bacigalupo 690
Skylar Plourde 661
School district (two positions)
* Bobbi Johnson (incumbent) 3,366
* Michel Saab (incumbent) 3,156
Marcel Bedard 1,561