Bill Lawrence

White Rock elects Bill Lawrence

City businessman beats eight other candidates for lone councillor position.

Bill Lawrence is White Rock’s newest city councillor.

City officials announced unofficial results of Saturday’s vote at 8:42 p.m., just 42 minutes after the polls closed.

Lawrence will take the seat formerly held by longtime-councillor Mary-Wade Anderson, who died at age 84 on June 26, while serving her fifth term representing the city.

Nine candidates had vied for the seat (in finishing order): Lawrence (620 votes), Dave Chesney (490), Megan Knight (482), Pat Petrala (233), Grant O’Kane (165), Graham Wood (99), Bruce McWilliam (90), Scott Kristjanson (45) and Tom Willman (28).

Voter turnout – at 15 per cent – was slightly lower than that seen in the city’s last byelection, held in 2009 to fill the seat left vacant following James Coleridge’s removal from office by the B.C. Supreme Court. That year, voter turnout was 16 per cent.

In advance byelection polls, held Oct. 24 and 30, 374 votes were cast. Thirty-seven ballots were filled out during a special mobile vote on Oct. 29.

In total, 2,252 votes were cast.

Lawrence owns two city businesses, the Sandpiper Pub on Marine Drive and Sandpiper Liquor Store on Johnston Road.

In an all-candidates questionnaire for Peace Arch News during the campaign, Lawrence listed his top three issues as: replace/upgrade infrastructure; property taxes and future development.

He also advised he would be focusing on revenue-generating alternatives to current pay-parking policies, property-tax credits for seniors on fixed incomes, and festivals.

“Council needs representation from small business in White Rock,” he wrote. “Advantages include getting the point of view from one of the important sectors within our community… the business owners. Second, I bring experience from a large multinational company and that from a grass roots small business employing people within the community.”

Official byelection results will be declared on Nov. 7.

Candidates have until Nov. 12 to take down their election signs.

The 2012 byelection was projected to cost the city $40,000. The final tab has not yet been calculated.

More to come…


Just Posted

Surrey Mountie won’t face charges for scooter scuffle

The Surrey-based IIO has decided not to forward the case to Crown counsel for review

High-risk sex offender released into Surrey

Earon Wayne Giles, a Newton “tag-team rapist,” was released from prison Friday and is now living in Surrey

Pedestrian seriously injured in Surrey traffic crash

A 54-year-old man was hit by a car early Thursday evening while crossing Highway 10 at 152nd Street

VIDEO: Nature provides practice space for North Delta musician

Terry Lee has become a fixture over the years playing his cornet in and near the Delta Nature Reserve

WATCH: $76 million pledged for coastal flooding mitigation in Surrey and Delta

Six-lane bridge planned over South Surrey’s Nicomekl bridge

New airline regulations bring compensation for tarmac delays, over-bookings

Some of the new regulations will roll out in July, while others are expected for December.

Burnaby facility to dispose of 1,500 tonnes of Canada’s trash from Philippines

All 103 containers will be disposed of properly within Canada before the end of the summer

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

Man wants guilty plea revoked in 2012 collision in Abbotsford that killed Chilliwack woman

Michael Larocque was charged in relation to crash that killed Eileen Kleinfelder

Vancouver woman sexually assaulted after man follows her home; suspect at large

Police are looking for an Asian man in his 40s after the incident on Vancouver’s east side.

B.C. man, 30, arrested for driving his parents’ cars while impaired twice in one day

The Vancouver-area man was arrested after officers caught him driving impaired twice in one day

UPDATE: Vancouver man dies after crash between motorcycle, transport truck

Police believe speed was a factor in Thursday collision

Trial slated to start Monday for accused killer of Abbotsford cop

Oscar Arfmann faces first-degree murder for death of Const. John Davidson

RCMP probe hit-and-run of Richmond senior

The man, who is in his mid-70s, was walking with his wife when he was allegedly struck

Most Read

l -->