The new Lethbridge City Council will have a familiar face at the helm.
With voter turnout of 35 per cent (turnout for the last five elections has only been 31 per cent, on average), residents have voted in a two-term City Councillor as Mayor-Elect.
With 11,973 votes, Blaine Hyggen will become the 26th Mayor of Lethbridge. Hyggen was first elected to Council in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017.
The eight members of Council-Elect to serve a four-year term in office will include four incumbents, three newcomers and one former Mayor. They are:
- Rajko Dodic *Councillor from 2004 to 2010 & Mayor from 2010 to 2013
- Belinda Crowson *incumbent
- Jenn Schmidt-Rempel
- Ryan Parker *incumbent
- John Middleton-Hope
- Mark Campbell *incumbent
- Jeff Carlson *incumbent
- Nick Paladino
The full unofficial results are available here: lethbridge.ca/electionresults. The 2021 Municipal Election results will become official at noon on Friday, October 22. The swearing-in ceremony will take place on Monday, October 25 at 1:30 p.m. There will be a livestream on City's YouTube channel.
"We are pleased with the turnout, both with the record-setting advance vote and on Election Day, considering that voters had two ballots to complete," says Returning Officer Bonnie Hilford. "We also congratulate the new Mayor-Elect and Councillors-Elect and look forward to working with them."
The 2021 Municipal Election had two non-binding ballot questions for the new Council to discuss moving forward. Results are:
- Residents voted 55.69 per cent yes to "Do you support using a ward system to elect City Councillors (other than the Mayor) starting with the 2025 municipal election?"
- Residents voted 60.41 per cent yes to "Do you agree that city council should approve plans to construct a 3rd bridge prior to 2030 as a municipal capital project priority?"
The seven Public School Board Trustees-Elect to serve a four-year term in office are:
- Andrea Andreachuk
- Christine Light
- Kristina Larkin
- Tyler Demers
- Allison Purcell
- Genny Steed
- Craig Whitehead
The five Separate School Board Trustees-Elect to serve a four-year term in office are:
- Carmen P. Mombourquette
- Linda Ellefson
- Tricia Doherty
- Roisin Gibb
- Bob Spitzig
For unofficial results information on the Provincial Senate Nominees, as well as the Provincial questions, please visit lethbridge.ca/electionresults.
Through the advance voting opportunities, 9,804 Lethbridge voters (about 12 per cent of eligible voters) cast their ballot for the 2021 Municipal Election. To compare, during the advance vote in 2017, there were 3,912 voters, or about five per cent of eligible voters.
For the 2021 Municipal Election, Elections Lethbridge introduced a number of new initiatives with a focus on convenience, flexibility and efficiency for voters. They included:
- Lethbridge residents were able to vote at any of the 14 voting stations across the city
- Drive-through voting for Advance Vote and on Election Day, allowing voting from a vehicle without leaving the vehicle
- A web tool for monitoring lineups/wait time at each voting station during the election
- A step-by-step 'what to expect when voting' video resource
- A comprehensive 16-page mail-out brochure has been mailed out to each home in the city
- Each Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee candidate was provided with the opportunity – through a local third-party agency – to record a two-minute information video. The videos on the City's YouTube channel had more than 165,000 views overall
- An information session for candidates running for Mayor or Councillor from a panel of retiring members of Council, posted to the website in July
- An accessible voting station for the blind during the Advance Vote
As in past elections, the following services were also offered in 2021:
- Three weekends of advance voting
- Institutional Voting (assisted living, seniors' residences, hospitals)
- Elector Assistance at Home. Those incapacitated will have the opportunity to vote at their residence
- Advertising on a Lethbridge Transit bus
- Free Public Transit on Election Day
"We are certainly encouraged by the feedback from residents and the overall success of our new initiatives for the 2021 Municipal Election," says Hilford. "An election takes a lot of dedicated people to ensure voters can successfully cast their ballot during the advance voting and on Election Day. Elections Lethbridge thanks all the election workers for helping us make this a successful election."