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Morrill claims mayor's chair

Dr. Roger Morrill is set to become Athabasca’s new mayor. Morrill defeated incumbent Colleen Powell Monday night, 544 votes to 333. “Basically I just have to thank the voters for coming out, I think that’s a good vote total,” Morrill said.

Dr. Roger Morrill is set to become Athabasca’s new mayor.

Morrill defeated incumbent Colleen Powell Monday night, 544 votes to 333.

“Basically I just have to thank the voters for coming out, I think that’s a good vote total,” Morrill said.

“I also wish to applaud the work of Colleen Powell, and I especially thank the team that was able to summon enough support to win in this election.”

“It was a good campaign,” Powell commented. “It was well fought and it was fought on ideas.

“Congratulations to Roger. I wish him the best over the next few years.”

In a tightly contested town councillor race, veteran councillor and former mayor Lionel Cherniwchan topped the polls with 598 votes, closely followed by fellow incumbents George Hawryluk with 572 votes; Paula Evans with 556; and Christine Nelson with 541.

They will be joined at the council table by brothers Tim and Richard Verhaeghe, who received 442 and 419 votes respectively.

Unsuccessful in her bid for council was challenger Joanne Peckham, who received 398 votes.





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