Cobourg’s Election results were announced at an event staged in the Concert hall at Victoria Hall. Perhaps 60 people were there – including some staff, the election workers, candidates and citizens. Results arrived at around 8:45 – all at once except for School Trustee results since tabulation was electronic. See the table below for the vote numbers. Cogeco was set up in the hall and were able to announce results as soon as anyone. Since there were no polls – at least not as far as I know – it’s not realistic to say there were surprises. However, given that a number of people (mostly women) said they were going to vote for all the women, it was surprising that Miriam Mutton did not get in.
Other than that, it was probably not a surprise that incumbents were returned – both Brian Darling and Aaron Burchat were elected and Suzanne Séguin easily beat Randy Curtis for the Deputy Mayor’s position. I managed to get photos of all the new Councillors (see below) except that Adam Bureau did not show so I have substituted one of him in his business on King Street – taken on the day he announced his candidacy. So of the seven members of Council – five Councillors, one Mayor (John Henderson acclaimed) and one Deputy Mayor – four were in the previous council and three are new. Of the seven, three are women and four could be called young, and not retired.
The percentage who voted was low at 43.6%; it was said that this was likely because there was no contest for mayor. If there had been a mayoral contest, the vote percentage might have been 10% higher.
|Karl vom Dorff
English Public School Trustee
|Jaine Klassen Jeninga
|James Gordon Gilchrist