May 12, 2014 11:26 pm

Polls show Bridget Mearns elected as Lethbridge’s newest city councilor

LETHBRIDGE – According to unofficial results, Bridget Mearns beat out nine other candidates Monday night in Lethbridge’s 2014 by-election.

Mearns replaces late councilor Wade Galloway who was killed in an avalanche in February.

She was the runner up in the race for mayor in the 2013 municipal election and served as a former councilor from 2010 to 2013.

Unofficial results show the number of votes for remaining candidates:

Peter Days: 2343
Martin Heavy Head: 920
Joey Shackleford: 904
Rena Woss: 737
Pat Berthelot: 219
Kevin Layton: 102
Marco Bergeron: 72
Yves Gauthier: 52
Chris Rowley: 43

8, 392 people voted in the 2014 by-election out of 72, 912 eligible voters, bringing voter turnout to 11.51 per cent.

On May 10th 595 peopled turned out in the last day of advance voting, bringing the total number of voters at the advanced polls to 2055.

Voter apathy appears to always be a challenge with a very low amount of people voting in the 2013 municipal election at just over 30 per cent.

The by-election in 2011 saw even less with only 12 per cent turning out to vote.

All results are unofficial until noon Tuesday.

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