B.C. municipal election 2018: Castlegar results

Small Town BC: Castlegar
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Bruno Tassone is the new mayor of Castlegar.

Tassone won 1,328 votes, nearly double his closest challenger Deb McIntosh.

Incumbent councillors Dan Rye, Florio Vassilakakis and Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff will be back for another term, and will be joined by new councillors Bergen Prince, Cherryl MacLeod and Maria McFaddin.

Below is the full list of mayoral and councillor candidates in Castlegar.



Lawrence D. Chernoff (incumbent)

Deb V. McIntosh

Bruno Tassone

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Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff (incumbent)

Nicole Hergert

Gordon Lamont

Cherryl MacLeod

Tyler Maddocks

Maria McFaddin

Bergen Price

Dan Rye (incumbent)

Brian Smitheram

Janna Sylvest

Florio Vassilakakis (incumbent)


This city in the West Kootenays is located at a point where the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers meet. The Crowsnest Highway runs right through Castlegar, and Highway 22 will take you there from the south.

Population (2016)



Castlegar received its name from Edward Mahon, an Irish investor in mining sites who named the area after his home in Ireland.

First inhabited by the Lakes Indian people, the Castlegar area was largely known for fur trading up until 1855, when gold was discovered on the Pend d’Oreille River.

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Gold strikes would happen between Castlegar and Nelson 12 years later.

The first townsite was established in 1888 — known as Sproat’s Landing, it included a warehouse and a store that serviced sternwheeler traffic that was tied to the Canadian Pacific Railway’s mainline in Revelstoke, according to Destination BC.

Then, over 5,000 Doukhobors fled Russia and immigrated to the Castlegar, obtaining land and living a “communal lifestyle,” beginning in 1908.

Castlegar was incorporated as a city in 1966.

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


Crime Severity Index (CSI) – 2016

RCMP – municipal

103.12 (+30.12)

RCMP – rural

37.56 (-13.34)

Violent Crime Severity Index (VCSI) – 2016

RCMP – municipal

53.44 (+6.33)

RCMP – rural

28.28 (-31.62)

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Political representation


Richard Cannings (NDP)


Katrine Conroy (BC NDP)