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B.C. municipal election 2018: Sooke results

Incumbent Maja Tait has won another term as mayor of Sooke.

Tait took home 2,299 votes, defeating challenger Kevin Pearson who won 1,623.

Two incumbents will be back for another term on council, Brenda Parkinson and Ebony Logins.

They will be joined by council newcomers Megan McMath, Jeff Bateman and Al Beddows along with Jeff Stewart who has previously served.

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

Candidates

Mayor

Kevin Pearson

Mick Rhodes

Maja Tait (incumbent)

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Council

Tony St-Pierre

Rick Armour

Jeff Bateman

Al Beddows

Doni Eve

Herb Haldane

Peter Jonassen

Rick Kasper (incumbent)

Ebony Logins (incumbent)

Megan McMath

Brenda Parkinson (incumbent)

Phil N Rossner

Jeff Stewart

Boundary

The District of Sooke is located at the southern end of Vancouver Island, about 40 kilometres from Victoria.

Population (2016)

13,001

History

The T’Sou-ke First Nation were first to the area that now encompasses Sooke, at a time when you could find stickleback, salmon and clams in abundance in the Sooke River.

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European settlement would begin with the establishment of the Hudson’s Bay Company trading fort at Camosun in 1843, and the purchase of a Sooke harbour would be the first by an independent immigrant on Vancouver Island six years later.

That immigrant would leave the property he owned to the family of John and Anne Muir, who would operate a steam sawmill, set up a farm and construct a number of water vessels.

Commercial fish traps would become a feature of Sooke’s economy in the early 20th century — these tools trapped salmon, and they dominated until fishing boats pushed them aside.

Sitka spruce, hemlock and Douglas fir trees would subsequently help to build a logging industry in the area.

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

$107,520/$111,736

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

63.77 (-4.66)/93.63 (-0.71)

Violent Crime Severity Index (CSI) — 2016

56.64 (+54.84)/74.86 (-9.81)

Political representation

Federal

Randall Garrison (NDP)

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Provincial

John Horgan (BC NDP)