Councilor loses seat to newcomer in Kent elections

Duane Post handily earns seat on Kent council in 2011 election

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.