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Updated 2021 Municipal Election and Referendum Results from the City of Red Deer

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Updated unofficial 2021 Election results

Following a recount of two voting stations which had not yet reported results, The City has updated unofficial results to reflect 100% of votes cast. A recount was performed earlier today after an isolated technical issue disrupted results reporting for Advance Vote at the Baymont by Wyndham Red Deer and the Mustard Seed. The recount did not change the outcome of the Election.

Red Deer saw an increase in voter turnout compared to the last Municipal Election. In the 2021 Election, 21,548 out of 71,475 eligible voters, or 30.15 per cent, cast their ballots, including 10,622 during the Advance Vote. This was an increase over 2017, which saw 19,265 of 66,897 eligible voters, or 28.8 per cent, cast their ballots, including 2,639 during Advance Vote.

Unofficial results of the 2021 Municipal and School Board Elections are as follows:

MAYOR FOR THE CITY OF RED DEER

Number of positions to be filled: 1

CANDIDATE VOTES
1 Johnston, Ken 11,611
2 Moore, Jeremy Richard 3,169
3 Buchanan, S.H. (Buck) 3,086
4 Magee, Bradley James 2,049
5 Hickey, Dwight G. 900
6 Allen, James 389

COUNCILLOR FOR THE CITY OF RED DEER

Number of positions to be filled: 8

CANDIDATE VOTES
1 Dawe, Michael 12,141

2 Jefferies, Cindy 11,304

3 Wyntjes, Dianne 8,961

4 Lee, Lawrence 8,310

5 Buruma, Bruce 7,067

6 Higham, Vesna 6,298

7 Barnstable, Kraymer 5,892

8 Doerksen, Victor 5,884

9 Krahn, Chad 5,122

10 Khan, Sadia 5,000

11 Williams, Dax 4,865

12 Somer, Janise 4,809

13 Huizing, Hans 4,687

14 MacDonald, Jason 4,677

15 Curtis, Craig 4,543

16 Olubwale, Sheyi 4,245

17 Barclay, Graham 4,061

18 Lydiard, Nicole (Nikki) 3,725

19 Campbell, Brenda 3,525

20 Harksen, Sarah 3,290

21 Engel, Grace Joy 2,540

22 Ratra, Harish 2,495

23 Spencer-Cook, Lisa 2,468

24 Campbell, Calvin 2,067

25 Milaney, Liam 1,634

26 Larocque, Lindsay 1,362

27 Mihaly, Jozef 1,353

28 Laloge, Ryan Andrew 1,317

29 Chapin, Matt 902

30 Coop, Stephen (Steve) 435

 

TRUSTEE OF THE RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION

Number of positions to be filled: 7

CANDIDATE VOTES
1 Manning, Bev 6,074
2 Gould, Matt 5,272
3 Buchanan, Nicole 5,143
4 Macaulay, Dianne 4,781
5 Peacocke, Cathy 4,775
6 Sommers, Angela 4,581
7 Watters, Jim 4,473
8 Tweedle, Jaelene 4,185
9 Peters, Paul 3,892
10 Warkentin, Reg 3,550
11 Parisian, Meagan 3,358
12 Elliott, Kari 3,274
13 Davies, Nathan 3,082
14 Grills, Terri 3,024
15 Chapin, Matt 1,653
16 Swarek, Mark 937

 

TRUSTEE OF THE RED DEER CATHOLIC SEPARATE SCHOOL DIVISION, RED DEER AREA WARD

Number of positions to be filled: 5

CANDIDATE VOTES
1 Watson, Anne Marie 3,169
2 Pasula, Kim 2,956
3 Hollman, Murray 2,923
4 LeGrange, Monique 2,546
5 Leyson, Cynthia 2,489
6 Mariani, Vanessa 2,209

The Red Deer Catholic Separate School Division’s QEII Ward and Highway 11 Ward were both unaffected by the recount, as the two voting stations affected were within the Red Deer Area Ward. Unofficial results for the QEII Ward and Highway 11 Ward remain unchanged.

Official election results for the Municipal and School Board Elections will be announced at 12 noon on Friday, October 22.

The City also hosted a Senate Election and two Referendum questions on behalf of  The Province. Updated results noted below are unofficial results for Red Deer voters only; official results from all Alberta voters will be calculated and confirmed by Elections Alberta at a later date.

ALBERTA SENATE ELECTION

Number of positions to be filled: 3

CANDIDATE RED DEER VOTES
1 Pam Davidson 7,951
2 Erika Barootes 7,227
3 Mykhailo Martyniouk 4,896
4 Kelly Lorencz 3,002
5 Doug A. Horner 2,945
6 Ann McCormack 2,475
7 Nadine R. Wellwood 2,464
8 Karina Pillay 1,959
9 Rick Bonnett 1,837
10 Duncan Kinney 1,777
11 Jeff Nielsen 1,510
12 Sunil Sookram 1,229
13 Chad Jett Thunders Saunders 1,004

REFERENDUM QUESTION 1: EQUALIZATION

1 Yes 13,980

2 No 6,393

REFERENDUM QUESTION 2: DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

1 Yes 11,523

2 No 9,580

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Red Deer RCMP and City of Red Deer introduce Integrated Downtown Policing Unit

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News release from Red Deer RCMP

Today the Red Deer RCMP’s Downtown Patrol Unit officially welcomed their two newest policing partners to the unit; two Community Peace Officers (CPO) with enhanced duties.

“The addition of these two new CPO resources will enhance our policing presence, improve safety, and have a positive impact on the downtown overall,” says Supt. Holly Glassford.

The pilot project is a joint initiative between the Red Deer RCMP, City of Red Deer Municipal Policing Services, and the Government of Alberta. The Province enhanced CPOs’ authorities to allow them to investigate certain criminal code files including Theft under $5000 and Mischief under $5000.

“In some respects, they will have comparable duties to their RCMP counterparts. They will investigate incidents, collect evidence, and provide proactive and responsive enforcement of City bylaws, provincial statutes and some criminal codes,” says Peter Puszka, Municipal Policing Superintendent. The two CPOs will also have access to policing tools and databases not typically available to Peace Officers.

Since 2018, Red Deer’s downtown has had a dedicated Downtown Patrol Unit (DPU), focused on improving safety through increased police visibility, proactive enforcement, decreasing property crime and criminal activity, and developing relationships with the residents, businesses and social agencies downtown.

“Our downtown unit has been doing a tremendous job with such a substantial mandate, and they’re really making an impact in our downtown core,” says Supt. Holly Glassford.

In 2021, the DPU conducted 2,219 investigations of which 64% were self-generated files identified during proactive patrols, and the other 36% were in response to calls from the community. This led to 784 arrests, 493 Criminal Code charges, 470 weapon seizures, 37 ounces of illegal drugs seized and 1,061 tickets issued.

During the RCMP’s latest community consultations and survey, participants indicated that there were still issues about the perception of safety in the downtown, and that safety was a barrier to visiting the downtown.

“Council and I are committed to working towards the enhancement and revitalization of our downtown,” says Mayor Ken Johnston. “This innovative, one-of-a-kind initiative will increase feelings of safety and security amongst those working, living and enjoying our downtown.”

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City reaching out to tax payers about location for permanent homeless shelter

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Public participation about permanent shelter site criteria approved

Within the next month, the community will have an opportunity to share their input on the site criteria for a future permanent shelter site. Council approved this direction during their Council meeting last night, following extensive conversations around formal roles and responsibilities and opportunity for collaboration outside a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the province.

“While site selection is not part of the formal agreement between The City and the Province, we believe that the Province will support a recommendation in good spirit as part of a shared responsibility to providing shelter services in our community,” said Mayor Ken Johnston. “When citizens come to the table to discuss criteria, we ask that they come with an open mind. Consider all the factors in selecting a location, not just proximity to your home, your business, your property. The permanent shelter will not be what we currently have, it will be an integrated shelter for our vulnerable population to access services that will support them on their journey to permanent housing.”

Administration will begin a public participation strategy and begin implementation within the coming weeks. The resolution approved by Council outlined the following deadlines:

  • June 20, 2022: conduct timely, strategic, solution-focused community engagement about site criteria prior to this date. Inclusive of in-person and online opportunities to provide input to be promoted.
  • July 18, 2022: Council to agree to a location to recommend to the Province on or before this date.

“We are beginning public participation based on the understanding our community wants to help us to address shelter needs.  We are starting with a clean slate when it comes to actual location,” said Interim City Manager Tara Lodewyk. “We recognize that some citizens will want to propose specific locations but we want to dig deeper to understand why.  We will be asking further questions – why do they think that site is a good option, what does it have that would make it the right place and see how that aligns or builds upon the criteria we already have in place.”

In the coming weeks, The City will share public participation opportunities with the community through social media, local advertising, website updates and email notifications. If residents would like to be added to the email list for updates on the public participation and general permanent shelter information, please email [email protected]. More information about the permanent shelter process can be found at www.reddeer.ca/shelter.

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