Stephane Perrault, the acting chief electoral officer, says Elections Canada must stay above the political fray and should not be perceived as being involved in anything that could influence the outcome of a campaign. A woman enters Maple High School in Vaughan, Ont., to cast her vote in the Canadian federal election on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

Stephane Perrault, the acting chief electoral officer, says Elections Canada must stay above the political fray and should not be perceived as being involved in anything that could influence the outcome of a campaign. A woman enters Maple High School in Vaughan, Ont., to cast her vote in the Canadian federal election on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

Blackfalds votes in new Mayor

Blackfalds will see a slight change in their Council Chambers as newly elected Mayor, Jamie Hoover takes his seat.

Hoover says that when he heard the results he was excited and eager but also had a sense of anxiousness knowing that he now has a big job ahead of him.

“It’s pretty clear that many people in our community are divided. Particularly over COVID related restrictions. We’ve had to make some decisions that displeased either one side or the other and that’s been challenging our mandate to try and treat everyone in our community equally,” says Hoover. “I think on of the first priorities or out council is to com together to find ways to close those difficult divide and find ways to try and meet as many peoples needs as possible.”

“I reached out to my parents and some other friends and family to let them know the good news,” Hoover said of election night.

“I ended my night with a peaceful midnight walk around this great community, with my Deputy Dog Mayor, Finn and with a new perspective that I have the privilege and honour of representing it for the next four years.”

“Those who voted for me I want to say thank you for your support and trusting me. For those who didn’t, I want you to know that I will do my best to try and understand your perspectives and look after the community as a whole.”

Marina Appel, Brenda Dennis, Jim Sands, Rebecca Stendie, Laua Svab and Amanda Valin were voted to Town of Blackfalds Council and will serve as Councillors.