Bob Wells is the new mayor of Courtenay.
Wells won 2,950 votes, defeating incumbent mayor Larry Jangula who won 2,512 votes, according to Civicinfo BC.
On council, incumbents David Frisch, Manno Theos and Doug Hillian will be back for another term.
They will be joined by council newcomers Will Cole-Hamilton, Melanie McCollum and Wendy Morin.
Below is the full list of mayoral and councillor candidates in Courtenay.
David Frisch I
Tom F Grant
Melanie R McCollum
Wendy E Morin
Judi M Murakami
J. Murray Presley
Deana M Simkin
Starr L Winchester
You’ll find Courtenay in the Comox Valley on the east coast of Vancouver Island, a short distance from Comox and across the water from Texada Island.
The history of the Courtenay area has been traced back as long as 80 million years, to when prehistoric marine life dominated the waters.
The elasmosaur, for one, was a marine creature almost 40 feet long.
As for its first human inhabitants, the K’omoks First Nation marks the start of that history, making a home in the Comox Valley for thousands of years.
The Pentlatch, meanwhile, operated a fishery nearby.
Explorer Sir Francis Drake is believed to have come to the area in 1579, but the first European settlement happened in 1862.
Settlers arrived to find a natural harbour, land perfect for farming and plenty of fish in the water.
The E&N Railway would arrive in Courtenay in 1914 and give residents a link with Victoria and Nanaimo. Courtenay incorporated as a city in 1913.
Median total income of couple economic families with children (2015)/B.C. median
Crime Severity Index (CSI) — 2016/B.C.
101.29 (+11.36)/93.63 (-0.71)
Violent Crime Severity Index (CSI) — 2016/B.C.
120.12 (+41.07)/74.86 (-9.81)
Gord Johns (NDP)
Ronna-Rae Leonard (BC NDP)