In a stunning upset, political newcomer Nicholas Nissen has emerged victorious in the race for mayor in the Town of Hinton, defeating former Councillor Brian Laberge by a margin of 676-496 in last week's mayoral election.
The victory marks a significant shift in leadership for the town, with Laberge having resigned from the council just a month before pursuing the position left vacant by Marcel Micheals, who resigned as mayor to assume the role of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) in another Alberta community.
Laberge, who had served on the council for a relatively brief two years, decided to step down from his council seat to launch a bid for the mayoral position. However, the voters of Hinton ultimately opted for a fresh face in the form of Nissen.
Nissen, on his campaign website, expressed his deep conviction about Hinton's exceptional qualities. "I wholeheartedly believe that Hinton is one of the best places to live in the country. Small towns like ours are the middle-class economic backbone of Canada," Nissen declared.
He continued to highlight the unique advantages Hinton offers its residents, emphasizing the town's proximity to nature, rich history, cultural vibrancy, and recreational opportunities.
Nissen also underscored the importance of fostering an environment where various sectors, including business, industry, government, non-profits, and arts and culture, can flourish. His vision revolves around creating a community that not only sustains economic growth but also provides its residents with unparalleled livelihoods and lifestyles.
CHAMBERS TAKE COUNCIL SEAT
Council will also see another new face around the council table. Kristen Lee Chambers defeated Mike Storey 808-355.
Chambers will take over from former Councillor Brian LaBerge.