Council will have some new faces

Perry Bergson
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Prince Albert will have a new mayor and four new councillors when they are sworn in on Nov. 13.

Greg Dionne, a longtime Ward 2 councillor, beat incumbent mayor Jim Scarrow by more than 1,000 votes on Wednesday night.

With 98 per cent of the votes in, Dionne had 4,168 votes while Scarrow had 3,097 and newcomer Dean Link had 827.

One council incumbent lost her seat, as Ward 5 councillor Cheryl Ring fell to businessman Tim Scharkowski.

The incumbents who kept their seats were Charlene Miller (Ward 1), Lee Atkinson (Ward 3), Martin Ring (Ward 6) and Ted Zurakowski (Ward 8).

Former mayor and provincial cabinet minister Don Cody returned to politics with a win in Ward 4, while businessman Rick Orr won in Ward 2.

Mark Tweidt was acclaimed in Ward 7, the only acclamation in this election after four of them in 2009.

He said he was prepared to work with whoever became mayor. It turned out to be Dionne.

“I know Greg and watched him on council and I think he’s going to do a wonderful job,” Tweidt said, noting that he was also a fan of Jim Scarrow. “What I like about Greg is I know he’s a team player.”

In the Sask Rivers School Division, Arne Lindberg led the way with 2,482 votes (with 83 per cent of the votes counted) with Barry Hollick, Grant Gustafson, George McHenry and Rod Thomson following him.

Doris Lund failed to be elected.

In the Catholic School Division, Suzanne Stubbs had the most votes (with 81 per cent of the vote in) at 1,211, followed by Mike St. Amand, George Bolduc, Patrick Hordyski, Bert Provost and Bruce McKinnon. Bill Tomyn missed out by just 25 votes.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Rivers School Division, Catholic School Division

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