An election held on the coldest day of the year is not likely to get a great turnout. And the Feb. 4 byelection for Ward 4 High Prairie School Division trustee didn’t.
In fact only 227 people turned out.
The result was good for candidate Steven Adams, though. He won the majority of the votes cast and will join Ali Mouallem on the board for the remainder of the term.
Adams was one of three candidates running for the position. The runner up was Sean McConnell, a Town of Slave Lake employee running for the board for a third time. He got 79 votes to Adams’s 136. In a distant third position was Sheri Smears, with 12 votes.
Smears had decided a week or so before the vote that she didn’t want to run. But the rules did not allow her to withdraw at that late date, so her name was still on the ballot. She told The Leader her second thoughts about running arose when she realized that (unlike Adams) she couldn’t commit to running in the next general election. Continuity in the position seemed important, she said, and after learning that Adams would be in it for the longer haul, she asked her supporters to vote for him.
Adams was busy last week, but we were hoping to track him down for an interview late in the week. If that was successful, the story should appear elsewhere in this paper.
There were two polling stations in the byelection. The one in Widewater saw only 20 voters during the required 10 hours of operation.
Meanwhile, the board will soon have another vacancy, as chair Tammy Henkel recently announced her resignation, effective April 18.