Ange Qualizza has been elected Mayor of Fernie with 1122 votes.
Sharon Switzer came in second with 893 votes while Mary Giuliano received 477 votes.
Live reaction with Ange Qualizza:
Kyle Hamilton with 49.6 per cent (1,239 votes) of the vote.
Kevin McIsaac with 47.2 per cent (1,179 votes) of the vote.
Morgan Pulsifer with 46.6 per cent (1,166 votes) of the vote.
Yvonne Prest with 46.6 per cent (1,157 votes) of the vote.
Troy Nixon with 42.4 per cent (1,061 votes) of the vote.
Phil Iddon with 39.6 per cent (991 votes) of the vote.
Coming in close behind Iddon was Joe Warshawsky with 38.1 per cent (953 votes) of the vote, and Tracey Kelly with 37.7 per cent (943 votes) of the vote.
Who is Ange Qualizza?
For the past four years, Qualizza has served on the Fernie council as well as on the executive of the Association of Kootenay and Boundary Local Governments.
This year, Qualizza, a Fernie local, decided to run for Mayor.
“I am running because I love the work of local government, the impact of local government is immediate, which is exciting, and governance and policy blend very well with my professional background,” she said in an interview with The Free Press.
Outside of her life as a Councillor, Qualizza is an economist and owns an oil and gas consulting company with her husband.
Qualizza told The Free Press her goals if elected as Mayor would include securing light industrial land to attract new commercial business, working on climate resiliency and public safety, and improving communication at the City.
Read more in the October 25 edition of The Free Press.