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Post Election Wrap Up | Part 1 - By The Numbers

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The dust has settled, the election signs have been harvested, and the post election hangovers subsided. Now all the candidates can go back and examine what they did right and more importantly, what they did wrong. It's easy to say you ran the best possible campaign, but lets be truthful about the situation. In an election to fill one position, only one person ran the best possible campaign. In this election, Ian Paton Jr. holds that title.

Ian Paton Declared Winner

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As the polls trickled in yesterday evening, it was easy to see early that Ian Paton was going to be the man to beat. His lead started the moment the advanced polls were announced but with many more polls to come in, anything could happen. Well that anything was an impressive sweep of all six Ladner polling stations and the advanced polls.

The East Delta auctioneer dominated Ladner taking 55% of the vote there. Outside of Ladner, Paton saw his support drop losing both Tsawwassen and North Delta to Sylvia Bishop but it wasn't enough to overcome the huge margins gained in Ladner.

By-Election Coming to a Close

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Polls close in less than an hour and judging by the numbers I reported, it would seem that the voter turn out in the North is going to be less than stellar. Of course there was still four hours of voting left at the time.

Every hour the various polls report their numbers to city hall and at 5pm Holly Elementary was the most visited polling station having received over 800 ballots. "We're hoping to get over 1000 votes here today," said Sheryl, the PO for Holly Elementary.

What Happened to Dredging?

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What makes an issue an issue during an election? Is it media coverage? Is it which community organization yells the loudest? Is it the business interest that spends the most money on advertising? Is it all of these? Is it any of these? I can't even begin to predict what will motivate the people to vote. All I can hope for is that people are motivated to vote.

Peter Harms Vies for Southlands Vote

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Peter HarmsWith only one day left in the by-election there seems to be quite a bit of confusion as to where the candidates stand on the issues. Especially when it comes to the most talked about and contentious issue in South Delta - The Southlands.

The confusion seems to have been rectified by the opponents to developing the old Spetifore Farmlands. In the most recent issue of the Delta Optimist the community groups, "Southlands the Facts" and "Save our Southlands" took out a half page ad asking that you vote for Sylvia Bishop. This choice isn't as clearly stated for the people who would like to see the development happen.