Beiseker's Village Council has a new face on it as David Ledoyen emerged victorious in Tuesday's byelection.
Ledoyen will finish the term of the late Councillor Karen Ursu, who sadly passed away in July at the age of 68. Ursu had been an integral part of the council since 2011.
In the three-way contest, Ledoyen secured 123 votes, while Stephanie Young received 43 votes and Mike Duffy came in third with 12 votes.
Reflecting on his campaign, Ledoyen took to Facebook yesterday to express his gratitude and share his experience, stating, "I will always remember this journey as an enlightening and enjoyable one. I am deeply grateful to all the individuals I had the pleasure of meeting. Thank you for your time and thoughtful consideration."
Back when he initially announced his candidacy on Facebook, Ledoyen outlined his motivation, saying, "My initial interest in municipal affairs stemmed from two primary concerns: the lack of winter street clearance and the poor condition of Range Rd 261, a heavily utilized road between Hwy 9 and 1 Ave, which remains unpaved despite being a staple on all navigation systems.
"Although I recognize my limitations on the federal and provincial levels, I am eager to contribute to fostering unity among the residents of Beiseker. With your support, I aspire to engage in meaningful dialogues with community members to understand their personal perspectives and insights."
Ledoyen now joins Mayor Warren Wise, Deputy Mayor Nikki King, and Councillors Les Spurgeon and Trevor Snyder on the Village Council.
The village of approximately 750 people is 71kms north east of Calgary.