Little has changed, but Rae Kinnaird has stepped down from council leaving one seat vacant in Ward 2. Denis Lachapelle retains his seat as councillor for Ward 3 (Elkhorn), defeating Kevin Bajus by 68 to 15 votes with just 24 per cent of eligible voters casting a vote.
Clayton Canart - Acclaimed
Diana MacDonald - Acclaimed
Valerie Caldwell - Acclaimed
Mark Humphries - Acclaimed
Barb Stambuski – Acclaimed
Denis Lachapelle - Elected
Kevin Tutthill – Acclaimed
Riley Brennand – Acclaimed
Dennis Hemrica - Acclaimed
Robert Good - Acclaimed
The RM of Pipestone council chambers will look familiar when the new council is seated. Experience carried the day retaining Archie McPherson as head of council. However, two experienced members will not be there. James Watt left his seat as councillor for Ward 1 to run for reeve. Incumbent candidate Sheila Kotylak lost a close race to new candidate Trent Forsyth. Kotylak won the voting day contest 43 – 39, but Forsyth took the advance poll 11-4 for a 3-vote victory.
In most races voter turnout ran at about 50%, although Ward 1, with two new candidates, saw 70% of eligible voters cast a ballot. Ward 6 had the lowest turnout at 22%.
Reeve: 50% turnout
Archie McPherson – 461 votes, elected (incumbent)
James Watt – 187 votes
Ward 1: 70% turnout
Ross Tycoles – 107 votes, elected
Wyatt Ramsey – 61 votes
Ward 2: 56% turnout
Garnet Williamson – 94 votes, elected (incumbent)
Kent Hamel – 33 votes
Gary Nicholson – acclaimed (incumbent)
Ward 4: 57% turnout
Randy Henuset – 101 votes, elected (incumbent)
Wiley Gilliard – 40 votes, elected
Ward 5: 48% turnout
Trent Forsyth – 50 votes, elected
Sheila Kotylak – 47 votes elected (incumbent)
Ward 6: 22% turnout
Lane Wanless – 55 votes, elected (incumbent)
Amanda Isaac – 5 votes (not elected)
There will only be two new faces at the council table at the next meeting but that doesn’t mean it was a boring election race. On election day the slate of candidates showed that two experienced councillors would not be back. Larry Wallace in Ward 1 and Stan Cochrane in Ward 2 declined to let their names stand this time around. Others decided to step up for elections in Wards 1 and 3.
Some of these votes were close. With three seats available and four contestants in Ward 1, new candidate Dennis Griffith got only two votes less than incumbent Russell Thiessen’s 119, and new candidate Tara Larway’s 53 votes just missed bumping incumbent Rick Kenderdine by three.
In Ward 2 new candidate Tim Crooker was acclaimed.
In Ward 3, with two seats to fill there were five candidates. Incumbents Mark Houston and Dave Roulette were both returned but Roulette’s hold on the second seat was only by one vote.
Cyril Druwe – incumbent - acclaimed
Russell Thiessen – incumbent – elected – 119
Dennis Griffith – elected – 117
Rick Kenderdine – incumbent – elected – 76
Tara Larway – 73
Tim Croker – acclaimed
Wilson Davis – incumbent – acclaimed
Scott Phillips – incumbent – acclaimed
Mark Houston – incumbent – elected - 61
Dave Roulette – incumbent – elected - 55
Milt Fedak – 54
Ron Enns Jr. – 50
Edwin Wark – 7