It’s official. The new Area E director for Cariboo Regional District is Angie Delainey.
CRD political newcomer Angie Delainey received 96 votes while Melynda Neufeld, who has served as the Area E alternate and as director since January, received 60 votes.
“I’m feeling really grateful for the exciting opportunity ahead,” Delainey told the Tribune. “I’m feeling humbled by the support and the encouragement and am looking forward to connecting with as many people as I can in Area E over the next six months.”
Delainey said she was feeling full of excitment and gratitude, and was also thankful to the work of acting Area E director Melynda Neufeld.
“I’d also like to a acknowledge all of the work that Melynda has done in the interim as well as the work that her late father had done.”
The CRD issued a news release with the numbers about an hour after the polls closed at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 7.
The official election results were announced Tuesday, April 10 by the CRD.
Delainey will be sworn in as the new Electoral Area E Director next week.
There are more than 4,000 residents living within the CRD’s Area E boundaries, however, exactly how many of those residents are eligible voters is unknown.
Delainey campaigned on being approachable and honest in nature, and a passionate person with a strong work ethic “especially where the betterment of my community is involved.”
She also encouraged residents to raise the voter turnout.
There were four polling stations opened for 12 hours on Saturday for voters to cast their ballots at the CRD office in Williams Lake and at Chilcotin Road, Mountview and Dog Creek schools.
There were also two days of advanced voting available.
Area E residents will head to the polls a second time during the fall election in six months, where they will again be asked to vote for a representative for their area. The next general local elections in B.C. will be Oct. 20, 2018.