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B.C. municipal election 2018: Lake Country results

In Lake Country, incumbent James Baker has been re-elected as mayor. He captured 1,479 votes, defeating his only challenger, Barry Rhodes, who garnered 1,266 votes, according to unofficial results posted by CivicInfo BC.

Earning seats on council were Penny Gambell, Bill Scarrow, Todd McKenzie, Cara Reed, Blair Ireland and Jeremy Kozub.

Below is the full list of mayoral and councillor candidates.

A referendum question was also issued, asking citizens if the district could borrow up to $6.6 million for the construction of a new fire hall. It passed, with 1,724 yes votes against 1,026 no votes.

Candidates

Mayor:

James Baker (incumbent)

Barry Rhodes

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Council:

D. Oscar Barnes

Penny Gambell (incumbent)

Blair Ireland (incumbent) – Acclaimed

Jerremy Kozub – Acclaimed

Jeanette Lambert (incumbent)

Todd McKenzie (incumbent)

Justin Neufeld

Cara Reed

Bill A. Scarrow (incumbent)

Council

Lake Country is a municipality made up of wards; in 2018, Ireland and Kozub were running unopposed in their wards and so were acclaimed.

Referendum question

Are you in favour of the District of Lake Country enacting Loan Authorization (Fire Hall) Bylaw 1062, 2018 to authorize the borrowing of up to $6,600,000 to fund the construction of a new Fire Hall?
Applies to following electoral areas: At-Large

Boundary

About 23 kilometres north of Kelowna is where you’ll find Lake Country, on the shores of Okanagan Lake. To its own north is Vernon, about 30 kilometres away. Adjacent to this municipality is Wood Lake.

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Population (2016)

12,922

History

Lake Country was once home to Indigenous people who hunted and fished in the Okanagan Valley.

It has since evolved into an agricultural region with cattle ranches, orchards and more.

Lake Country was born as a single community in 1995 after the amalgamation of Okanagan Centre, Windfield, Oyama and Carr’s Landing.

Today, it’s an area known for its farming, wine production and tourism, with a wealth of options including beaches, parks and hiking trials.

Median total income of couple economic families with children (2015)/B.C. median

$118,235/$111,736

Crime Severity Index (CSI) – 2016/B.C.

63.73 (+5.18)/93.63 (-0.71)

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

34.60 (-14.72)/74.86 (-9.81)

Political representation

Federal

Stephen Fuhr (Liberal)

Provincial

Norm Letnick (BC Liberal)

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