David Wilks has been elected Mayor of Sparwood with 55 per cent of the vote.
Joanne Wilton came in second with 40.5 per cent of the vote while Joyce Kutzner received 3.6 per cent of the vote.
John Baher, Brad Bowen, Joe Jarina, Jason Christensen, Amy Cardozo and Sonny Saad have been elected as councillors. Hungry Baytaluke narrowly missed out on a seat, with just two votes less than Saad.
Who is David Wilks?
This isn’t David Wilks’ first foray into politics. The retired RCMP officer previously served as Mayor of Sparwood from 2005 to 2011 and was a Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia from 2011 to 2015.
Wilks currently works at Teck’s Elkview Operations as a pit labourer.
In a questionnaire with The Free Press, Wilks said he enjoyed served the public.
“I am proud of what Sparwood has achieved over the years and I believe there is much more to be done,” he said at the time.
Asked what his priorities as Mayor would be if elected, Wilks had a long list which included an indoor soccer facility with a walking track, resolving all issues with Whiskey Jack Resort and working with the Royal Canadian Legion to relocate the cenotaph to Centennial Square.
Nearly half of qualified electors in the District of Sparwood cast their vote in the 2018 Municipal Election. Out of 2763 qualified electors, there were 1150 votes cast.
Read more in the October 25 edition of The Free Press.