The official results are in for the Town of Golden byelection and the referendum for the future of the proposed Bridge to Bridge diking project.
In the end, Keith Hern and Connie Barlow were elected to council and the referendum on taking a long term loan for the diking project was voted down by the people of Golden.
The byelection saw Hern finish in first place, with 516 votes, and Barlow in second, receiving 445 votes. Andrew Commons came in third with 418 votes, Lori Baxendale finished with 294 votes, and Jim deBolbec garnered 107 votes.
The election, which was hotly contested, saw 953 people come out to cast a ballot, up from the election held last year.
After the final number came in candidates shared some of their thoughts on the election.
“I am overwhelmed and very happy,” said Hern.
“All of the work from my volunteers has paid off and I want to thank the people who voted for me.”
Hern added he plans on working for all of the constituents and do his best to work with the other members of council.
“There have been lots of issues (during the election) but that is behind us now and it is time to go forward with a positive attitude,” Hern said.
Barlow said, “I am pleased. I am looking forward to being a councillor and working with the existing council and new councillor.”
She added she was happy to have the campaign over and wanted to say thank you to the people who came out to vote.
“My volunteers were amazing and stuck with me, we had fun,” she said.
All of the other candidates passed on congratulations to Barlow and Hern.
Jim deBolbec wanted to thank the people who voted for him, and Andrew Commons wanted to thank the 418 people who came out and voted for him.
Lori Baxendale said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the process. It was my first time running and I am extremely thankful for the support of my family, friends, and community members. All the best to Connie and Keith and the best of luck to them over the next two years.”
In the end, the vote on whether or not the town should take a $1.3 million dollar loan for the proposed Bridge to Bridge project was not close.
A total of 614 people voted no to taking the loan while only 321 voted yes.
Town of Golden Mayor Christina Benty was on hand and responded to the results of the evening.
“As far as the referendum goes, it is done, it is over, and at the end of the day we are still the diking authority so we have responsibilities’, however, the Bridge to Bridge project is off the table,” she said.
Benty was very excited about the number of voters who came out to cast their ballot.
“Kudos to the community for coming out and voting in the election. That’s fantastic,” Benty said.
The new councillors will be sworn in before the regular council meeting on Sept. 18.