November 16, 2014 2:15 am
Updated: August 6, 2016 2:26 am

Lisa Helps elected new Victoria mayor

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WATCH ABOVE: Lisa Helps learns she’s become the new mayor of Victoria.

The capital city will have a new mayor.

Based on unofficial results, councillor Lisa Helps defeated current mayor Dean Fortin and six other candidates, and will become the 52nd mayor of Victoria.

READ MORE: Full results from Victoria

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Helps, who was first elected to council last election, defeated Fortin by 89 votes, 9200 to 9111, in a race considered tight the entire election.

Former Liberal MLA Ida Chong finished third, while local broadcast journalist Stephen Andrew finished fourth.

Helps, who campaigned heavily on the issues of homelessness and affordable housing, was helped by voter frustration over delays to the Johnson Street bridge and approving a new sewage system.

People also voted in the affirmative to the question “Are you in favour of reducing the number of municipalities in Greater Victoria through amalgamation?”, with close to 80% voting yes and 20% voting no.

While the question was only a non-binding plebiscite, variations of it were asked in the majority of Greater Victoria’s 13 municipalities, and it could lead to a binding referendum on the question next municipal election in 2018.

READ MORE: Full municipal election results from across B.C.

Victoria

Candidate Votes Percent
Lisa Helps Elected 9200 37.63%
Dean Fortin 9111 37.27%
Ida Chong 3275 13.4%
Stephen Andrew 2380 9.74%
Robert Duncan 253 1.03%
Jason Ross 132 0.54%
David Shebib 62 0.25%
Riga Godron 33 0.13%

Victoria council candidates

Victoria

Candidate Votes Percent
Benjamin Isitt Elected 14729 10.66%
Charlayne Thornton-Joe Elected 12046 8.72%
Marianne Alto Elected 12016 8.69%
Jeremy Loveday Elected 10852 7.85%
Pamela Madoff Elected 10354 7.49%
Geoff Young Elected 9934 7.19%
Margaret Lucas Elected 8145 5.89%
Christopher Coleman Elected 8017 5.8%
Erik Kaye 7295 5.28%
John Luton 6850 4.96%
Hilary Groos 6653 4.81%
Justin Stephenson 5268 3.81%
Andrew Reeve 4336 3.14%
Steve Filipovic 3856 2.79%
Ian Hoar 3466 2.51%
Paul Servos 2577 1.86%
Ryan Moen 2108 1.53%
Sean Murray 1897 1.37%
Jonathan Carroll 1739 1.26%
Jeffrey Olafson 1693 1.22%
Gordon MacKinnon 1334 0.97%
Saul Andersen 1183 0.86%
John Stewart 1107 0.8%
James Harasymow 764 0.55%

Greater Victoria

Candidate Votes Percent
Ann Whiteaker Elected 20252 9.06%
Deborah Nohr Elected 20177 9.02%
Peg Orcherton Elected 20083 8.98%
Diane McNally Elected 20057 8.97%
Rob Paynter Elected 18926 8.46%
Elaine Leonard Elected 17855 7.98%
Edith Loring-Kuhanga Elected 17389 7.78%
Tom Ferris Elected 16940 7.58%
Jordan Watters Elected 16658 7.45%
Bev Horsman 16351 7.31%
Nicole Duncan 14247 6.37%
John Rizzuti 12458 5.57%
Ruth MacIntosh 12222 5.47%

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