Single Vote Decides Mayor of Rural Alberta City | The Canadian News

It was one of the closest races in Alberta, down to just one vote. On Monday, Parrish Tung became Elk Point’s five-term mayor by the smallest margin.

Tung won with 233 votes. His only opponent, Terri Hampson, received 232 after a tally.

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“You are grateful for everyone who voted, not just for those who voted for me, but for everyone who exercised their right to vote,” Tung said.

“It just shows that every vote counts.”

Tung served on the Elk Point council one term as a councilor and four times as mayor before being removed last term. Tung said that he was defeated by one of his best friends.

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“The last time he beat me decisively, he beat me by a 2: 1 margin, and this … the city has never experienced such a close vote.”

Tung said he is happy to win, but it also means that the city is divided.

“Unfortunately, we divided the city and now it is my job to unite the city.”

Hampson describes the experience as a roller coaster. He has just served his first term as an Elk Point councilor. While respecting the democratic process, he said that it is still a difficult experience to be defeated.

“Having one vote, there is no winner. We both have a lot to do. “

Hampson said he will use these next four years to defend the city and continue to do what he can. She hopes residents who voted this year will reconsider in the next election.

“It’s a good pause for everyone to say yes, your vote does matter. Going out and exercising your responsibility to vote does matter, ”Hampson said.

“There is a reason for everything, we will continue to move forward.”

Elk Point Managing Director Ken Gwozdz said this close contest shows that democracy works.

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“Both candidates were very strong, very passionate about the community, and the residents felt that and they came out and voted,” Gwozdz said.

Gwozdz said that if the race ended in a draw, the city would have had to draw a name.

“It’s quite difficult because it doesn’t leave it up to the public,” he said. “He leaves it up to the scrutineer and there is a lot of pressure on that. It is better that the decision is made by the neighbors, the public ”.

“I knew the race was going to be close, but if it comes down to one vote, it’s a record for Elk Point.”

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