Sooke polls close, vote counting begins

Voters elect mayor, council, school board and regional district director

The polls have closed for this year’s civic election. Now the waiting begins to see who will be Sooke’s elected civic politicians for the next four years.

Polls closed at 8 p.m.

Voters had a heady task today as they had a full slate of candidates to pick from – 24 in all for mayor, council, school trustee, and in the Juan de Fuca, a Capital Regional District director.

Who is running for mayor?

There are three running for mayor in Sooke: incumbent Maja Tait, Kevin Pearson and Mick Rhodes.

Tait says the main issues for her are health care, infrastructure and housing, while Pearson, who stepped down from council to run against Tait, says leadership is key to running the district.

Who is running for council?

The council race in Sooke is wide open with 13 candidates running for six seats. Councillors Rick Kasper, Brenda Parkinson and Ebony Logins are seeking re-election. Those three are joined by challengers Rick Armour, Al Beddows, Herb Haldane, Phil Rossner, Jeff Bateman, Tony St. Pierre, Doni Eve, Jeff Stewart, Peter Jonassen and Megan McMath.

Who is running for school board?

There are three trustee seats up for grabs in Sooke to sit on the Sooke school board. (Four trustees are picked in Langford). All three incumbents in Sooke are seeking re-election: Bob Phillips, Neil Poirier and Margot Swinburnson. The challengers include Allison Watson and Britt Santowski.

For all of our stories on the municipal election, click here.



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