Mitch Thomson Wins By-Election With More Than 30 Per Cent Voter Support

The unofficial results are in and Mitch Thomson has been elected to Olds council. Thomson received 33.3 per cent support from eligible voters in the 2020 town of Olds municipal by-election to fill the vacant seat at the council table.

Of the 7270 eligible voters in the town of Olds, 1047 cast ballots in the municipal by-election to fill the one vacant spot on Olds council.

Town of Olds Returning Officer Marcie McKinnon was pleased with the voter turnout of 14.4 per cent and thanked all citizens who exercised their right to vote.

Mitch Thomson was the winner of the by-election with 349 votes and he will become the town's newest councillor.

He says typically there is not quite the same amount of voter turnout for by-elections as there is for general elections.

Thomson explains why he wanted to run for town council. 

The 45 year old will join Mayor Michael Muzychka along with councillors Debbie Bennett, Wanda Blatz, Mary Jane Harper, Mary Anne Overwater and Heather Ryan on Olds town council.

Mitch Thomson's total of 349 votes - or 33.3 per cent support - was followed by Darren Wilson with 282, Rudy Durieux with 133, Keith Bishop with 110, Darcy Dobush with 73, Jan Thompson with 62 and rounding out the field of seven candidates was Sundai Cody with 38.

Thomson talks about the campaign.

He discusses when the results will become official and when his first council meeting might be.

Thomson has lived in Olds for 10 years. He is the Executive Director of the Olds Institute and the Chair of the Mountain View Child Care Society.

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