Maloney wins mayoral race by landslide

Bob Maloney is Yorkton's new Mayor-elect.

Maloney, who will be sworn in at the regular meeting of Council Monday, won in what has to be termed a landslide victory polling 3590 votes or 94.52 per cent of those cast, far outdistancing Richard Genaille who garnered 208 votes, or 5.48 per cent of those cast.

Maloney said the large margin of victory is not something he is going to let go to his head.

"I had a very inexperienced opponent My head's not going to get too big over this," he noted of the 27-year-old Genaille. " I congratulate him for putting his name in, and deciding to run.

The large margin of victory is not one Maloney believes will put added expectations on his term either.

"I don't think there's more pressure. All of us when we get into politics know there are expectations," he said, adding those who seek a spot on Council naturally "want to represent the community well."

Maloney said he believes politicians put more pressure on themselves than what occurs based on the vote.

As for the campaign, Maloney said "it was very quiet." In general terms he said voters he spoke too have been "happy with Council Are happy with how things were going."

At present the city is experiencing growth, and that has helped the voter mood, said Maloney, adding Council is not the reason for current expansion, but they do help expedite development.

"I think the growth would have come anyway but a Council can set the table," he said.

And the growth will be a focus of the next four years, suggested Maloney, managing it, and making sure it continues. He said he doesn't see any major projects on the immediate horizon, but added that can change in a hurry, as was the case when the flood hit the city on July 1, 2010. That situation necessitated Council undertake a program to improve drainage in the city in preparation to deal with future heavy rain events.

Sitting Mayor James Wilson, who did not seek re-election to the top spot citing personal reasons, was among 10 seeking six spots on Council. He would lead the pack with 2857 votes.

The only new face in Council chambers for the new four-year term will be Randy Goulden.

Goulden has been a Councillor in the past, but lost her seat in a run for Mayor three years ago. She polled 2440 votes.

Joining Wilson and Goulden on Council are Chris Wyatt 2674 votes, Larry Pearen 2387, Les Arnelien 2105 and Ross Fisher 1953.

The lone incumbent not to be re-elected was Richard Okrainec who finished seventh with 1786 votes.

Rounding out the field were Arliss Dellow with 1699 votes, Robby Bear with 1496 and Aaron Nagy 985.

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