Sturdy re-elected Pemberton mayor 

Gimse, Ames, LeBlanc and Craddock form new council

A returning mayor and a brand new council will form the next government in the Village of Pemberton.

  Incumbent Jordan Sturdy, who’s just completed his first term as mayor, will assume the post again after being elected with almost three times the votes of his challenger, departing councillor David MacKenzie.

Sturdy took 552 votes, while MacKenzie garnered 191.

“I’m looking forward to the next three years,” Sturdy said. “This next three years is going to be an important time for Pemberton and I’m glad to be involved.”

He said one of his biggest priorities in his second term will be initiating a governance restructure study that will examine how to better incorporate residents of Area C.

When someone says they’re from Pemberton, it doesn’t always mean they’re from the village — they could just as easily live in Area C, which boasts approximately 2,600 people and is governed by a regional district board rather than a local government.

Sturdy hopes that a governance restructuring can be done at the same time as a hoped-for boundary expansion that could bring 20 new areas into the village.

“I don’t think you can overemphasize the importance of redefining and recreating Pemberton into one Pemberton,” he said. “We have to have a foundation to build on as a single community. And whether that’s Pemberton and all of Area C or part of Area C, that’s the issue that needs to be decided by all the people who live here.”

Not a single councillor will be returning as all four of the incumbents decided not to run again. There are, however, faces familiar to Pemberton that will be taking seats at the new council.

Ted Craddock, a former councillor in Squamish and Fort Nelson, was the top vote-getter with 570.

“I don’t think there’s any loser when you put your name forward in a community for an elected position,” he said. “I know the folks that aren’t going to be sitting at the table are still going to be working hard to make Pemberton a good place to live.”

Susie Gimse, who has served as director of Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area C for 15 years and will continue to do so, was elected to council with 433 votes.

Lisa Ames is also a familiar face to Pembertonians. A realtor with the Whistler Real Estate Company famous for her “I believe in Pemberton” slogan, she took a council seat with 552 votes, the second highest total.

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