It's going to be four more years for Mike Clay, who was re-elected to the Port Moody mayor's office for a second term in a victory tonight that saw him win 4,261 votes — 811 more than his challenger, Gaetan Royer, who earned 3,450 votes.
The election also saw a stunning increase in voter turnout to 35.51%, a significant increase over the 2011 election, when Clay won with 3,112 votes and just 26% of eligible voters cast ballots.
Reached at his post-victory celebration, Clay said he felt good but said, "It's puzzling… I'm surprised at some of these results," referring to longtime Coun. Gerry Nuttall, who finished just 23 votes behind the sixth-place finisher Robert Vagramov, a 22-year-old political science student at SFU.
Clay said it was "quite a change" and "whoever the council is, we'll move forward and get done what we need to get done."
Election jostling between PoMo's two mayoral candidates centred mainly on the official community plan and the potential development changes in Moody Centre.
Royer campaigned on a commitment to re-open the OCP to include density numbers as well as revise it to offer more employment space than residential growth.
Clay's message was one of moving forward with the OCP and strengthening relationships within the region and with senior levels of government.
Council candidate results are as follows:
(winners in bold face)
Mike Clay: 4,261
Gaetan Royer: 3,450
Rick Glumac: 4,493 votes (2,502 in 2011)
Diana Dilworth: 3,916 votes (2,954)
Zoe Royer: 3,658 votes (1,919)
Meghan Lahti: 3,481
Barbara Junker: 3,362
Robert Vagramov: 3,285
Gerry Nuttall: 3,222 votes (2,482)
Rosemary Small: 2,861 votes (1,689)
Anne Ladouceur: 2,217
Chris Carter: 2,166
Callan Morrison: 1,906
Cathy Cena: 1,644 votes
Tom Bell: 835
Bryan Hoad: 611
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posted Nov 15, 2014 at 8:00 PM— updated Nov 15, 2014 at 10:19 PM