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Blaine Hyggen, Lethbridge’s Mayor-elect after tight race

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – It was a tight race but Blaine Hyggen is Lethbridge’s new Mayor-elect.

With 11,973 votes, Hyggen is set to become the 26th Mayor of Lethbridge, edging out fellow mayoral candidate Bridget Mearns by less than 2 percent of the vote. She garnered 11,465 votes.

Hyggen was first elected to Council in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017.

The eight members of Council-Elect to serve a four-year term in office will include four incumbents, three newcomers and one former Mayor. They are:

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· Rajko Dodic *Councillor from 2004 to 2010 & Mayor from 2010 to 2013

· Belinda Crowson *incumbent

· Jenn Schmidt-Rempel

· Ryan Parker *incumbent

· John Middleton-Hope

· Mark Campbell *incumbent

· Jeff Carlson *incumbent

· Nick Paladino

Voter turnout was very strong compared to past years at just under 35 percent. Back in 2017 only 27 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot.

Results will become official at noon on Friday, Oct. 22 with the swearing-in ceremony to take place in one week, on the afternoon of Oct. 25.

The 2021 Municipal Election also had two non-binding ballot questions for the new Council to discuss moving forward. Results are:

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· Residents voted 55.69 per cent yes to “Do you support using a ward system to elect City Councillors (other than the Mayor) starting with the 2025 municipal election?”

· Residents voted 60.41 per cent yes to “Do you agree that city council should approve plans to construct a 3rd bridge prior to 2030 as a municipal capital project priority?”

The seven Public School Board Trustees-Elect to serve a four-year term in office are:

· Andrea Andreachuk

· Christine Light

· Kristina Larkin

· Tyler Demers

· Allison Purcell

· Genny Steed

· Craig Whitehead

The five Separate School Board Trustees-Elect to serve a four-year term in office are:

· Carmen P. Mombourquette

· Linda Ellefson

· Tricia Doherty

· Roisin Gibb

· Bob Spitzig

Full unofficial results are available here.

– with submissions from the City of Lethbridge

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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