Michelle Staples is Duncan’s new mayor.

Staples to lead fresh-faced council in Duncan

It felt like a ghost town in the City of Duncan on election night with nary a mayoral candidate to be located for photographs.

Michelle Staples was simply not available to meet with reporters.

“I’m far away, I’m in a house,” said the incoming mayor.

Staples, who beat out runner-up Martin Barker 494 votes to 468, was more than willing to send in some information and speak on the phone however.

“It was very close tonight between Martin and I, so I recognize that the community is in some ways looking at things through different perspectives,” she said over the phone. “There are a lot of diverse voices on council. I believe that there’s lots we can do by bringing those voices together.”

Staples said her first order of business is to keep working on all the irons that are already in the fire.

“Being on council seven years, it’s kind of a continuum,” she explained. “We will sit down and look at the direction council wants to head. That will involve talking to the community about where they want to do and how they want to be communicated with.”

Housing and homelessness are top-of-mind issues.

“”There is a lot of work to do at this point in time,” Staples noted. “But it’s a new group of people working together in a new way, taking those things forward.”

The rookie mayor will be will be working with an almost completely rookie council. Tom Duncan is the only returning councillor and the other five have never held office previously, according to Civic Info BC.

After Duncan’s 750, youthful Jenni Capps was the second-most vote-getter for council with 675.

“I’m so excited. I’m incredibly exited,” said Capps from a small celebratory gathering, “I could not be more excited.

“I am thrilled to have Michelle Staples as mayor and I am equally thrilled about our council lineup. I think it’s a fantastic group of individuals. I’m really exited to work with all of them and I think it’s incredible to have a female mayor and in particular, such an incredibly qualified one.

Not everyone’s night went as planned, however.

“I survived the night,” said mayoral candidate Martin Barker just before 9:30 p.m. He was the runner up behind Staples.

“I congratulate Michelle Staples. She didn’t run a negative pre-campaign which I honour, and congratulate all the winning candidates throughout the Valley and I hope they take good care of Duncan,” he said.

What’s next for Barker?

“Just to go back to my practice,” said the Chiropractor. “I’m probably going to step back from politics. It’s just a little too rough for me.”

Long-time councillor Sharon Jackson could not immediately be reached for comment.

MUNICIPAL ELECTION 2018 RESULTS
Infogram

Just Posted

Caps bounce back to beat Wild after lead fades away

Cowichan takes 2-1 lead over Wenatchee in best-of-seven series

Cowichan Bulldogs host Bighill camp this week, registration for spring football still open

The Cowichan Bulldogs are hosting their annual football camp with Canadian Football… Continue reading

Trailer stolen, items destroyed at property near Skutz Falls

“These people deserve to have the book thrown hard at them.”

Firearm concern prompts police presence near Cowichan Bay

Well being check approached with caution

Caps win game one against Wild

Cowichan draws first blood in Interior semifinal

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Cougar on Island might have been shot with bow-and-arrow

Conservation officer service looking for animal near Port Alice

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

B.C. mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Chrysler receives coaching award

Albin & Georgina Falt Memorial plaque honours a long run by the face of Ceevacs

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Newfoundland man caught after posting photo of himself drinking and driving

The 19-year-old took a photo of himself holding a beer bottle and cigarette while at the wheel

Most Read