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Councilor loses seat to newcomer in Kent elections

District of Kent CAO Wallace Mah receives the results of the civic election while attending the Kent Fire Department
District of Kent CAO Wallace Mah receives the results of the civic election while attending the Kent Fire Department's annual awards banquet on Saturday night. Several of the incumbent councillors, including current councillor and mayor by acclamation John Van Laerhoven (looking at Mah, centre photo) were at the banquet awaiting the results.
— image credit: Jessica Peters/ Observer

The results are unofficial until Monday, but it looks like incumbent councilor Ken Schwaerzle lost his seat during Saturday night's election.

Three of the District of Kent's incumbent councillors, and the current mayor, all attended the local fire department's annul awards ceremony Saturday night. At about 8:15, Kent's CAO Wallace Mah received a phone call and began rapidly writing down the unofficial votes.

The polls closed at 8 p.m., and were tabulated quickly in Kent due to the new electronic voting machines used there for the first time this year.

Unofficially, incumbent councilor Darcy Striker earned 695 votes. Newcomer Duane Post came in second with 637 votes. Incumbent Holger Schwichtenberg received 602 votes. Current mayor Lorne Fisher ran for council in this election. He was fourth with 477 votes.

District of Kent comprises four council seats, and six were running for election. Schwaerzle earned 418 votes, which weren't enough to keep his seat on council. Newcomer Bill Crouch earned 258.

Current councilor John Van Laerhoven was elected mayor by acclamation. The official swearing in ceremony for the District of Kent will be held on December 5.

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