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SD61 elects six new trustees, three incumbents

30 candidates were vying for nine school trustee positions
Voter turnout was down slightly compared to the 2018 school trustee election. (Black Press Media file photo)

In a crowded field, two of the five incumbents in the Greater Victoria School District (SD61) trustee election lost out in Saturday’s (Oct. 15) election.

Former on-call teacher Karin Kwan led the way with 20,230 votes, which worked out to just over 30 per cent. Kwan will join fellow newcomers Angela Carmichael (19,565), Mavis David (18,089), Natalie Baillaut (18,075), Emily Mahbobi (16,448) and Derek Gagnon (16,437).

Also voted in were incumbents Nicole Duncan (19,678), Robert Paynter (18,523) and Diane McNally (18,496).

Incumbent Ann Whiteaker was more than 4,000 votes behind the lowest elected candidate, receiving 12,077 votes. Incumbent Jordan Watters received 9,546 votes.

Thirty candidates were vying for nine school trustee positions. SD61 covers a portion of View Royal, Esquimalt, Victoria, Oak Bay and a section of Saanich.

Voters elected none off the VIVA Victoria slate. Leslie-Anne Goodall came closest, attaining 5,792 votes, or 8.7 per cent.

Voters cast 66,607 ballots, down slightly from 2018 when voters cast 67,723 votes.

READ MORE: Meet Your Candidates – 30 candidates vying for 9 SD61 trustee positions

READ MORE: 2022 Election Coverage


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