Following the preliminary final count, Barbara Roden won a very tight race with Sandy Agatiello to become the Village of Ashcroft’s first female mayor.
The race was neck-and-neck throughout the count and was tied several times as the counts were checked after every 50 ballots.
Roden collected 319 votes while Agatiello garnered 283.
The third candidate seeking the top chair was incumbent councillor Alf Trill, who finished with 138 votes.
“I’ve worked hard over the last four years as a councillor, and I’m honoured the people of Ashcroft are trusting me as mayor for the next four years,” says Roden.
“I’ve enjoyed working with the current council, and look forward to working with a new set of councillors to make Ashcroft an even better place.
“We have a wonderful community here, with so much to offer, and we need to spread that message.”
Following the preliminary final count, four candidates are the new councillors for the Village of Ashcroft.
Jonah Anstett had 610 votes; Deb Tuohey had 542; Nadine Davenport had 528; and Marilyn Anderson has 519.
Carolee Lizee finished in fifth place with 223 votes.
Interestingly, more people voted in the advance polls than on general voting day on October 20.
In the advanced polls, 417 people voted, while 331 residents marked their ballots on election day.
It was another great turnout by Ashcroft residents, as more than 50 per cent of 1,328 voters cast a ballot in this year’s municipal election.