Hay River candidate takes last town council seat by luck
After a recount left two candidates tied, Hay River’s Joseph Melanson won the last seat on the town’s council by a drawing of lots.
The recount was automatically triggered when the election-night count showed Melanson had 452 votes, Sandra Lester had 451, and Jeffery Groenewegen had 454.
After the recount, while Groenewegen had 455 votes, Melanson and Lester finished in a dead heat on 450.
Legislation dictates a name must be drawn at random in the event of a tie. Melanson was the lucky winner of the resulting draw.
Groenewegen and Melanson join Steve Anderson, Robert Bouchard, (Mary) Emily Chambers, Linda Duford, Keith Dohey (James), and Brian Willows as Hay River’s eight councillors.
Meanwhile, Kandis Jameson was acclaimed as mayor.
The town’s new DEA includes: Nikki Ashton, Mark Harris, Jamie Hunt, Glen McPhee, Pennie Pokiak, Lisa Ruggles, and Annette Rupert.