Incumbent Shane Brienen has been acclaimed as mayor of Houston after no challengers came forward. This will be Brienen’s second term.
In the council race, incumbents Jonathan Van Barneveld, Tom Stringfellow and Tim Anderson each won another term, with Van Barneveld garnering the most support out of all the candidates with 75.5 per cent, according to unofficial results posted by CivicInfo BC.
Those three will be joined by first-time candidates Troy Reitsma and Lisa Makuk, along with former mayor Tom Euverman, who served from 1986 to 2002.
Below is the full list of the candidates for mayor and council.
Shane Brienen (incumbent)
Tim Anderson (incumbent)
John Siebenga (incumbent)
Tom Stringfellow (incumbent)
Dennis Tait (incumbent)
Jonathan Van Barneveld (incumbent)
Houston is located along the Bulkley River and the Yellowhead Highway in B.C.’s Northern Interior. It’s just under 80 kilometres from Burns Lake.
Once traversed by the Wet’suwet’en people, Houston was not very well settled at the time that contact with Europeans happened. There weren’t many transport networks to the area.
History changed with the construction of the Collins Overland Telegraph Trail; that’s when non-Indigenous settlers started coming to Houston.
The trail was abandoned when a telegraphic line was established across the Atlantic Ocean, but those who worked on the trail remained in the Bulkley Valley in the hopes of becoming prospectors and finding other ways to support themselves.
The region was mapped heavily by Roman Catholic priest Father A.G. Morice, naming various locations by 1885.
A government surveyor would later report that there were plenty of natural resources to take advantage of.
The community kept growing, and in 1957, Houston was incorporated as a village. It later became a district municipality in 1969.
Median total income of couple economic families with children (2015)/B.C. median
Nathan Cullen (NDP)
John Rustad (BC Liberal)