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B.C. municipal election 2018: West Kelowna results

In West Kelowna, Gord Milsom has been elected as mayor. Milsom captured 79.8 per cent of the vote with 6,050 votes, defeating his only challenger, Mary Mandarino, who garnered 1,257 votes (16.6 per cent, according to unofficial results posted by CivicInfo BC.

Earning seats on council were Stephen Johnston, Jayson Zilkie, Rick de Jong, Doug Findlater, Carol Zanon and Jason Friesen.

Below is the full list of mayoral and councillor candidates.

Candidates

Mayor:

Mary Mandarino

Gord Milsom

Council:

Philip Akins

Jerome Chung

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Rick de Jong (incumbent)

Brad Dobbin

Rusty Ensign (incumbent)

Gerry Evans

Doug Findlater (current mayor)

Jason Friesen

Joe Gluska

Stephen Johnston

Rosalind Neis (incumbent)

Tiffany Pare

Winston Wammer

Gordon Wiebe

Bryden Winsby (incumbent)

Carol Zanon (incumbent)

Jayson Zilkie

School trustee:

Chantelle Desrosiers

Chris Vernon-Jarvis

Boundary

West Kelowna occupies the west bank of Okanagan Lake opposite from the City of Kelowna, and straddling Highway 97. The communities of Westbank, Glenrosa, Smith Creek, Shannon Lake, Rose Valley, Casa Loma and Lakeview Heights are all a part of West Kelowna.

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Population (2016)

32,655

History

The Okanagan Valley was originally the territory of the Interior Salish people, and was settled by Europeans in the 1860s when the Hudson’s Bay Company arrived.

The Kelowna region boomed following the Second World War, partly due to a veteran resettlement program. As Kelowna grew, so too did the smaller communities on the west side of the lake.

Until 2007, they existed under rural governance, as a part of the Westside Electoral Area with three elected representatives sitting on the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board.

In a 2007 referendum, voters overwhelmingly chose to leave the electoral area, but narrowly rejected a possible amalgamation with the City of Kelowna by a vote of 5,924 to 5,582.

Initially, the community was called the Westside District Municipality, which was renamed to West Kelowna in 2009, and again in 2015 as the City of West Kelowna.

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

$118,579/$111,736

Crime Severity Index (CSI) — 2016

RCMP – municipal/B.C.

61.96 (-15.05)/93.63 (-0.71)

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Violent Crime Severity Index (CSI) — 2016

RCMP – municipal/B.C.

64.68 (-18.36)/74.86 (-9.81)

Political representation

Federal

Dan Albas (Conservative)

Provincial

Ben Stewart (BC Liberal)