Patrica Pearson has won the North Saanich byelection with 836 votes, according to preliminary results. (Courtesy of Patricia Pearson)

Patricia Pearson elected to North Saanich council

Pearson hopes to prioritize combating greenhouse gas emissions

Patricia Pearson is North Saanich’s newest councillor.

In preliminary byelection results, Pearson led the pool of eight candidates vying for the open seat on council with 836 votes, beating her closest rival by 94 votes.

ALSO READ: ArtSea turns a municipal art-off into a symbol of collaboration

She was followed by Del Elgersma with 742, Dorthy Hartshorne with 374, Arturo Huerta with 231, Tiffany Joseph with 167, Cam McLennan with 97, Scott McEachern with 29, and Rosemarie (Romi) Bongers with 17.

Following the result announcement, Pearson said she was in “disbelief at the beginning, then I went through all the emotions and now I’m excited to get underway.”

She ran a professional campaign, with some engaged supporters helping her efforts online and on doorsteps. Pearson ran on a green platform, noting her understanding and commitment regarding climate change issues and even highlighting how her house has solar panels.

During the North Saanich Residents Association debate, Pearson spoke of her experiences as a young mother and positioned herself as the candidate seeking the youth vote.

Speaking after her victory, Pearson said she initially hoped to learn about the job and reflect on what voters had told her on the campaign trail. After this period of pause, she intends to set her agenda, and balance issues raised by residents with her campaign priorities.

ALSO READ: Slaying dragons: getting inside the minds of climate change skeptics

Asked which issues she hoped would define her time in office, Pearson answered, “I think climate change will define me, it’s one of my big priorities, especially putting in some actions about greenhouse gas emissions. And I hope to really re-engage the community with our discussions.”

Voter turnout was approximately 26 per cent.



nick.murray@peninsulanewsreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Langford bike shop sells first bamboo bike on Vancouver Island

The bamboo frame has been tested in Germany, Taiwan, and Australia

Saanich officer suspended for counselling alleged sexual assault victim not to report

Misconduct allegations of Saanich police force detailed in OPCC report

VicPD officer used siren, emergency lights to get kids to school: OPCC report

Annual misconduct report includes VicPD former chief Frank Elsner and other officers

Scheer says Canada more divided than ever, as NDP and Bloc hold cards close

While Liberals were shut out of two key prairie provinces, they took two-thirds of the seats in Ontario

POLL: Are you satisfied with the result of the federal election?

The ballots have now been counted and the dust has settled on… Continue reading

Horvat’s hat trick lifts Canucks to 5-2 win over Red Wings

First career three-goal game for Vancouver captain

Runners brave wet, windy weather for Ucluelet’s 20th Edge to Edge

“The spirit of the runners I have nothing but compliments.”

Feds finally decriminalizing drugs possible – but it’s up to Jagmeet Singh, expert says

National pharmacare was one of Singh’s most highly-touted platform policies

Estheticians can’t be forced to wax male genitals, B.C. tribunal rules

Langley transgender woman Jessica Yaniv was ordered to pay three salon owners $2,000 each

Two youth arrested in UBC carjacking at gunpoint, after being spotted in stolen Kia

‘A great deal of credit is due the alert person who called us,’ said North Vancouver Sgt. Peter DeVries

Open house for Royal Beach tonight

The third open house to gather public input on Royal Beach takes… Continue reading

People’s Party of Canada’s anti-immigration views ‘didn’t resonate’ with voters: prof

Party was formed on anti-immigration, climate denying views in 2018

Most Read