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Bowen Island 2022 Municipal Election results - Visualized

A visual look at the various election outcomes from last Saturday's vote
Bowen residents voted at BICS on October 15, 2022.

Change was on the menu in the 2022 Municipal Election on Bowen Island, as five of seven members of the 2022-26 council will be fresh faces to their roles.

To a certain extent the shakeup was inevitable; only three of the previous seven members of local government were even running again. But in the most high profile race where the old versus new debate was playing out, voters resoundingly indicated they wanted to shake things up as newcomer Andrew Leonard’s 860 votes well outpaced the 728 gathered by incumbent councillor Maureen Nicholson. Fellow political rookie John Turner received 320 votes of his own.

Andrew Leonard - 860; Maureen Nicholson - 728; John Turner - 320. Leonard's 132 vote margin of victory was the largest on Bowen since Jack Adelaar won by 187 votes in 2011. / Alex Kurial

The result, declared shortly after 10 pm on Election Day, October 15, provided an answer to conversations which had played out well before campaign season had started: did Bowen Island wish to continue with the policies of the past eight years (the 2018-22 council had five incumbents from 2014-18), or did the island wish to take a sharp turn into the unknown, albeit with optimistic visions from the new candidates of what could be done.

The clear choice (come the final council count as the clock passed 1:30 am on Sunday) was the latter.

While many of the next council members are new politically, the group brings plenty of outside knowledge and experience to the table. Top vote-getter Judith Gedye is a retired Provincial Court Judge, John Saunders served a long career with the RCMP, and Alex Jurgensen has worked for more than a decade on the island with Camp Bowen. And though Tim Wake is new to Bowen council, he has previous political experience as a member of Whister council.

Sue Ellen Fast and Alison Morse return to their Bowen council roles, preparing to serve their third and eighth terms respectively.

The top six councillors will serve for the 2022-26 term. / Alex Kurial

The Community Opinion Poll asking whether residents wanted Bowen to explore renegotiating their tax requisition formula with the Islands Trust received an overwhelming nod of support, with ‘Yes’ votes topping ‘No’ votes by nearly 1,000.

A lopsided Community Opinion Poll saw 1,364 voters - a decisive 78.8% - tick the 'Yes' box, compared to just 367 voters for 'No'. / Alex Kurial

The job of carrying this out will fall to the pair of Islands Trust Trustees, one new in Gedye, and one existing with Fast, after they finished in the top two spots for the positions.

Sue Ellen Fast retained her Trustee role with Islands Trust, while Judith Gedye joins the organization. / Alex Kurial

On the West Vancouver School Board, four of five incumbent trustees were returned to their positions, as the lone newcomer in the race Felicia Zhu gained enough votes to join the group.

13,189 voters cast a ballot for West Vancouver School Board Trustees, 1,017 of which came from Bowen Island voters. / Alex Kurial

While voter turnout on the island still soared above most of the province, the 56.9% participation mark fell far below Bowen standards, down double digits from last election and down even five per cent from 2008’s mark of 62.1%.

1,942 votes were cast during the election, out of a total of 3,408 eligible voters. / Alex Kurial


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