Al Siebring new mayor of North Cowichan

Siebringwon the mayor’s position with 3,017 votes, just 10 votes ahead of incumbent Jon Lefebure

Al Siebring is the new mayor of the Municipality of North Cowichan.

Siebring, who has spent almost a decade on council, won the mayor’s position with 3,017 votes, just 10 votes ahead of long-time mayor Jon Lefebure, who had 3,007 votes in the preliminary results.

Joyce Behnsen, the third candidate for mayor, took 1,874 votes.

The new council includes Rob Douglas, who took 4,223 votes, Kate Marsh with 3,821 votes, Christopher Justice with 3,486 votes, Tek Manhas with 3,010 votes, Rosalie Sawrie with 3,009 votes and Debra Toporowski with 2,916 votes.

Siebring was first elected to North Cowichan council in 2008. Since then he’s served under two mayors and worked with a dozen different councillors.

He said winning with just 10 votes is closer than he would have liked at the end of election day.

But he said he intends to get to work as quickly as possible to get the business of council on track under his stewardship.

“I intend to meet with CEO Ted Swabey first thing on Monday morning to develop strategies for the new council, and then I will meet with each individual councillor to determine what committees I will want to put them on,” Siebring said.

“This council is an interesting mix of people, and I’ve gotten to know some of them during the election campaign. Nobody comes to the council table looking to make things worse for North Cowichan, so I’m looking forward to good things for our community. It should be an interesting four years on council.”

Siebring is a former radio broadcaster and a past president of the BC Conservative Party.

Lefebure said election results have been close in the past, including two elections ago when he won by just 16 votes, but the results of this election won’t likely change.

“I think Al will make a great mayor,” he said.

“He also has a good council and I’m sure they will all step up to the job.”

Lefebure said he will step back from politics and work on building projects with his brother.

“Building is the other side of my life and I now intend to work hard at that.”

MUNICIPAL ELECTION 2018 RESULTS
Infogram

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mary Lowther column: Radishes as good as gold

Radishes grow quickly and need a lot of water.

McDougall-Percillier gets top Rugby Canada honour

“I’m really stoked about getting this award”

Business notes: WINGS set to close on Aug. 29

A few of the things going on in Cowichan’s business community

‘Don’t kill my mom’: Ryan Reynolds calls on young British Columbians to be COVID-smart

‘Deadpool’ celebrity responds to premier’s call for social influence support

Unofficial holidays: here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Aug. 16 to 22

World Photography Day, Black Cat Appreciation Day and Rum Day all coming up this week

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

Most Read