Steven Byvelds reclaims mayor’s chair, four new members of council

Mayor-elect Steven Byvelds and deputy-mayor-elect Kirsten Gardner celebrate the election results. (The Leader/Blancher photo)

MORRISBURG – South Dundas voters have elected nearly an entire new council, returning Steven Byvelds to the mayor’s chair. Byvelds was announced as winner of the mayoral election at 8:50 p.m. October 22nd. Byvelds was elected with 2,373 votes. Incumbent mayor Evonne Delegarde received 1,758 votes.

Elected to the deputy-mayor position is newcomer Kirsten Gardner, who was elected with 1,753 votes. Bill Ewing, who currently served on council as a councillor, received 1,454 votes, Jim Graham received 944 votes.

Another newcomer was top vote-getter in the councillor race, with Lloyd Wells receiving 2,166 votes. Another newcomer, retired South Dundas recreation director Donald W. Lewis finished in second place with 2,053 votes. Incumbent councillor Archie Mellan has been returned to council for a third term, finishing in third place with 1,993 votes, 43 votes ahead of fourth place Joyce Latulippe. Four years ago, Mellan was returned to council by a similar margin over the fourth place candidate.

Michael Burton finished in fifth place with 1,787 votes, and former councillor Del Jones was sixth with 1,525 votes.

No results have been posted as of yet for the English-Public or English-Catholic trustees.

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