Global News has declared Leonard Krog – a former MLA – mayor of Nanaimo after the tumultuous tenure of Bill McKay, who didn’t run. Krog so far has 17,577 votes, beating out Don Hubbard (who had 5,630 votes). One polling station has not yet tallied their votes. Raymond Farmer earned only 316 votes.
Out of 39 people running for the eight council seats, only two incumbents, Sheryl Dawn Armstrong and Ian W Thorpe, were re-elected. The rest will be the new faces of Don Bonner, Tyler Brown, Ben Geselbracht, Erin Hemmens, Zeni Maartman and Jim Turley.
Eike Jordan (dropped out)
Sheryl Dawn Armstrong (Incumbent)
Tyler J Brown
Gordon W Fuller (Incumbent)
Pele L Gouda
Jerry Hong (Incumbent)
Peter H Kent
Gary R Korpan
Lloyd W MacIlquham
Caranjit (Jeet) Manhas
Bill W Manners
Ken Osborn (Kenneth Osborn)
Norm E Smith
Kevin B Storrie
Balakrishna (Viraat) Thammanna
Ian W Thorpe (Incumbent)
Trent R Whaley
Ashley B Zboyovsky
Nanaimo is located on southeastern Vancouver Island, right across the water from Gabriola Island. It’s situated between Nanoose Bay and Ladysmith, and is just over 100 kilometres from Victoria.
The Snunéhymuxw people were first to the Nanaimo area, occupying parts such as Nanaimo Harbour, the Nanaimo River and Departure Bay.
Then coal would be discovered, and miners with the Hudson’s Bay Company would arrive in 1852.
A fortress, known as the Bastion, would be erected the following year.
For almost 100 years, coal would drive Nanaimo’s economy as an estimated 50 million tonnes of it would be taken out of the ground.
After the Second World War, Nanaimo would become a more modern city.
Mayors who would have a heavy influence on the area’s history include Peter Maffeo and Frank Ney, who dressed as a pirate and inaugurated bathtub races in 1967.
Median total income of couple economic families with children (2015)/B.C. median
Crime Severity Index (CSI) — 2016
RCMP — municipal/B.C.
111.51 (+9.96)/93.63 (-0.71)
RCMP — rural/B.C.
55.55 (+3.85)/93.63 (-0.71)
Violent Crime Severity Index (CSI) — 2016
RCMP — municipal
68.70 (+1.84)/74.86 (-9.81)
RCMP — rural
31.21 (-0.29)/74.86 (-9.81)
Sheila Malcolmson (NDP)
Leonard Krog (BC NDP) — Nanaimo
Doug Routley (BC NDP) — Nanaimo-North Cowichan
Michelle Stilwell (BC Liberal) — Parksville-Qualicum