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B.C. municipal election 2018: Armstrong results

Chris Pieper is the mayor of Armstrong by acclamation. Pieper ran unopposed. Armstrong was one of three communities in the Okanagan region with an acclaimed mayor, with the other two being Lumby and Sicamous.

Earning council seats were Jim Wright, Gary Froats, Shirley Fowler, Paul Britton, Steven Drapala and Linda Fisher.

Below is the full list of mayoral and councillor candidates.

Candidates

Mayor:

Chris Pieper (incumbent)

Council:

Paul Britton (incumbent)

Steven Drapala (incumbent)

Linda Fisher (incumbent)

Shirley Fowler (incumbent)

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Gary Froats (incumbent)

Lance McGregor (incumbent)

Jim Wright

Boundary

Located in the North Okanagan, about 25 kilometres from Vernon, Armstrong is a city surrounded by rural land. It’s a short distance from the Spallumcheen Valley and is also situated not too far from Silverstar Mountain Resort.

Population (2016)

5,114

History

Incorporated as a city in 1913, Armstrong’s settlement truly began after the construction of the Shuswap/Okanagan Railway was finished in 1892.

Named for private banker William Charles Heaton-Armstrong, the city is located about a mile from the Spallumcheen Valley, an area named for a word that means, “the meeting of the waters.”

For a time, Armstrong was known as “Celery City” after farmer E.R. Burnett first grew a crop of 300 lbs.

But its status as a celery grower had declined by the 1940s, and today, the crop is grown in other areas such as Cawston and McBridde, though some is still grown in Armstrong, according to BC Food History.

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Median total income of couple economic families with children (2015)

$100,907/$111,736

Crime Severity Index (2016)/B.C.

51.97 (+36.91)

Violent Crime Severity Index (2016)/B.C.

27.92 (+36.06)

Political representation

Federal

Mel Arnold (Conservative)

Provincial

Greg Kyllo (BC Liberal)