The six candidates with the most votes in the unofficial election results speak to the Observer. File photos

Quesnel’s newly elected councillors react to unofficial results

Three incumbents, three newcomers share how they’re feeling as unofficial election results announced

With unofficial city council results freshly announced, the Observer caught up with the six candidates with the top results.

Newcomers Martin Runge and Mitch Vik had listened to results together, along with family and friends, around a campfire.

“I’m excited and thankful,” said Runge. “Now the fun starts. It’s exciting, and we’ve got lots of new plans to make.”

Vik, who came in with the second-highest number of votes, behind only incumbent councillor Scott Elliott, was almost speechless.

“I’m really surprised and blown away and honoured,” he said.

“It was a hard campaign and we worked very hard and I thank everyone who helped me with my campaign. I was just working to get in, nothing more than that.

“The success is unreal. Is it real?” he joked.

Incumbent councillor Laurey-Anne Roodenburg said she watched the results at Quesnel City Hall.

“I had dinner with family and we went to City Hall … and now I’m just having a cup of tea,” she said.

“I’m excited. It’s been nerve-wracking for the last couple of days. There are three new faces on council and I think we’ve got some pretty dynamic people.”

Roodenburg expressed disappointment that she’s again the only woman elected to council, but she said she’s “still smiling” an hour after unofficial results were announced.

Ron Paull said he was at the Legion’s dinner and dance.

“I just heard I got re-elected, so I guess I’ve got a job for the next four years and i’m pretty happy about it.”

Paull commented that he’s now the most senior councillor with the most years under his belt, as Sushil Thapar did not run this term.

“There are lots of challenges that lay in front of us and that’s why I’m there, because I like to deal with that kind of stuff,” said Paull.

Incumbent Scott Elliott, who received the highest number of votes, said he felt his hard work had paid off.

“I’m excited to be re-elected, but it’s a double-edged sword. I’m a little disappointed in the low voter turnout. That’s something we’ll have to look into in the next little while,” he said.

“I just heard about the news at my brother-in-law’s studio and now we’re playing some music and enjoying ourselves,” said Elliott.

And Tony Goulet said he was home with his family when he heard the news.

“It feels good. I’m excited. I look forward to being on council and I’m still waiting for results from the school district,” he said. Goulet is also in the running for School District 28 trustee.

“It’ll be the first for Quesnel to have a trustee and a person on city council, so that’ll be exciting as well,” he said of the potential of winning both seats.

“It’ll be a busy four years, but I’m up to the challenge.”

READ MORE: Preliminary results show support for Public Works Referendum



editor@quesnelobserver.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run participants re-live part of Cariboo history

Mushers will be sworn in as official mail carriers Jan. 24 at 9 a.m. in downtown Quesnel

Forestry Ink: Developing a local market for biochar

Regular columnist Jim Hilton shares more information about biochar

Quesnel youth compete on the slopes

Quesnel athletes recently raced in the U16 Teck Open at Panorama Mountain Resort

Barlow Creek Volunteer Fire Department needs new fire truck to meet certification

The CRD is holding an Alternate Approval Process to approve using 10-year financing for the purchase

Quesnel Junior School architecs will be in town next week as design work moves ahead

CHP Architects is finalizing the schematic designs for the new junior school

After cashing in on QB gambles, Chiefs and 49ers to clash in Super Bowl

KC beats Tennessee, San Francisco dispatches Green Bay to reach NFL title game

B.C. VIEWS: Few clouds on Horgan’s horizon

Horgan’s biggest challenge in the remainder of his term will be to keep the economy humming along

Victoria family focuses on ‘letting go, enjoying time together’ after dad gets dementia

Walter Strauss has developed an interest in music and now takes line dancing classes

B.C. forest industry grasps for hope amid seven-month strike, shutdowns, changes

Some experts say this could be worse for forestry than the 2008 financial crisis

Northern B.C. RCMP investigating alleged sexual assault in downtown Smithers

One person was transported by ambulance to hospital following RCMP investigation at Sedaz

UBC, Iranian-Canadian community create memorial scholarship in honour of victims

The Jan. 8 crash killed 176 people, including 57 Canadians

Disrespectful that Horgan won’t meet during northern B.C. tour: hereditary chief

Na’moks said he was frustrated Horgan didn’t meet with the chiefs

Most Read