Halifax election 2016: Mike Savage returns, Lindell Smith takes Peninsula North

Jennifer Grudic covers the contested ridings of the Halifax municipal election – Oct 15, 2016

In a not-so-surprising result, Mike Savage has won another four-year term as mayor of Halifax.

READ MORE: Halifax election 2016: Who’s your councillor now?

“We have a successful municipality and if we can all believe in it and understand just how strong this place is, then I think that the sky is the limit,” Savage said upon re-election.

WATCH: The mayoral results of the 2016 Halifax municipal election


Savage had a consistently large lead on opponent Lil MacPherson from the beginning of the evening as results began rolling in.

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Lindell Smith takes Peninsula North

New kid on the block Lindell Smith won the council seat for District 8, winning by more than 50 per cent.

READ MORE: Halifax council candidates try to break through council’s white wall

Smith, 26, is the first person of colour to sit on Halifax council in 16 years.

“They wanted to see something brought to council that hasn’t been there for a long time and that was just new voices — that was voices that were not represented and that was voices and don’t have a chance to speak and…we’re here, we’re here today,” Smith said.

“This is not a new job for me, this is continuing the work that I’ve been doing with a leadership title on there. I’m not going to lose anything I’ve been doing, my integrity, the people behind me. And now I’m just able to make decisions for our residents in HRM.”

Peninsul North has been held by Jennifer Watts for eight years. Watts gave herself a two-term limit as a councillor in an effort to encourage more diversity at city hall.

Dartmouth Centre welcomes Sam Austin

After 12 years, the district of Dartmouth Centre will be represented by a new councillor — Sam Austin won the seat with 30 per cent of the votes.

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Dartmouth’s ‘queen,’ Gloria McCluskey has been a loud voice for the district since 2004. She is retiring after serving over two decades in municipal politics.

“It’s kind of surreal, honestly,” Austin said about taking the baton for McCluskey’s district.

“There’s only one Gloria McCluskey so… she’s been the representative of Dartmouth, the fighter for Dartmouth for so long, there are big shoes to fill.”

Austin maintained a comfortable, but not overly large lead over his opponents through the evening.

Waye Mason re-elected for south end

Waye Mason has held on to his council seat for another four-year term.

The incumbent councillor beat out Sue Utek for the second time, securing his second consecutive term representing Halifax South Downtown.

NOTE: All results are unofficial until the province declares their official results the Tuesday after the election — October 18. 

Find a full list of the unofficial results here.

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