More than 700 people voted in the City of Greenwood’s byelection, the final results of which were announced Saturday night, Oct. 10, after 10 p.m. (Photo: Laurie Tritschler)

More than 700 people voted in the City of Greenwood’s byelection, the final results of which were announced Saturday night, Oct. 10, after 10 p.m. (Photo: Laurie Tritschler)

Mayor-elect Noll and Councillor-elect Seymour win Greenwood byelection

Polls closed at the city’s MacArthur Centre at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

Greenwood voters elected a new mayor and a new city councillor in Saturday’s byelection, Oct. 10.

Mayor-elect Barry Noll won the three-way contest with 182 votes, beating runner up Gerry Shaw’s 163 votes, according to official results shared by Chief Election Officer Wendy Higashi.

Mayoral candidate Carolina Hopkins received 20 votes.

Reached by phone Saturday night, Noll chose his words very carefully.

“It was an election and we’re through it. We’re just absorbing it now,” he told The Times.

Councillor-elect Mark Seymour won his seat with 162 votes, beating runner-up Hendrik van Wyk’s 105 votes.

Council candidate Charlene Izuka got 85 votes.

The official results of Greenwood’s Saturday, Oct. 10, byelection. Results courtesy of Wendy Higashi

The official results of Greenwood’s Saturday, Oct. 10, byelection. Results courtesy of Wendy Higashi

A total of 717 people voted in the byelection, according to the results.

Nearly 300 people had voted by 2 p.m. Saturday, Higashi said — 134 at advance polls Sept. 30, plus 16 mail-in-ballots.

Some voters said they’d come out to exercise their civic duty, with others sharing their hopes for the future of Canada’s smallest city.

“I came out today because you can’t blame who gets in if you don’t vote,” Greenwood’s Faye Terashita said after casting her ballot at the city’s MacArthur Centre. Her husband Roy said he agreed.

“You can’t blame who gets in unless you go out and vote,” said Greenwood’s Faye Terashita, left. Husband Roy said he agreed. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

“You can’t blame who gets in unless you go out and vote,” said Greenwood’s Faye Terashita, left. Husband Roy said he agreed. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

“Hopefully, everybody quits fighting and gets it together. Hopefully, we vote in people that work together and not against each other,” Marie Goslin said.

“There needs to be more transparency and information made available to us,” added her husband Reg.

Reg and Marie Goslin said they hoped to see more co-operation and transparency from City Council after Saturday’s byelection. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Reg and Marie Goslin said they hoped to see more co-operation and transparency from City Council after Saturday’s byelection. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

The Times will continue to update this story.

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