Peter Brown will serve a third term as Airdrie’s mayor after handily winning the Oct. 16 election over his opponents.
“I’m just humbled and just feel grateful to the community for trusting me with this role again. We got so many great things happening in Airdrie and I’m looking forward to working with our new council – because we have some new members – and getting right back to work,” Brown said.
Brown, who led from the first poll, earned a total of 5,006 votes. Marie Lauer was second at 3,280, while now former long-term City councillor Fred Burley placed third with 1,974 votes. Rounding out the field of five candidates was Bernie Biever with 461 votes and Blaine Astra with 196.
Brown was first elected to council in 2010. He was acclaimed in 2013 when no one stepped up to oppose him.
“We just basically had a plan – just door knocking and getting out and talking to people – and we did a great job with that. We did 5,000 doors in the last four weeks. It was every night and every weekend and I talked to as many people as I (could) and I arranged as many meetings and I attended a lot of functions. Just got the word out there. I think people appreciated it,” he said.
Brown will be joined on council by incumbents Ron Chapman, Candice Kolson, Kelly Hegg and Darrell Belyk, and newcomers Tina Petrow and Al Jones. (See story on page 3.)
Brown said the new council will first be sworn in and go through orientation and then it will be, “right back to work.”
“You’re really right into your first council meeting and then November is budget time, so there’s a lot of…stuff that’s going to come at them,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of really amazing stuff to look forward to in the next four years.”
For Burley, this ends 15 years on City council; however, he said he will remain involved in the community, including continuing to sit on the board of Airdrie Housing Limited.
This was Lauer’s first run at a position on City council. She awaited the results with family, friends and supporters at the Hayloft Restaurant.
“I want to congratulate all the candidates for both council and mayor. I thought the campaigns were very well run and very professional,” Brown said. “I really want to thank the voting public. The people that didn’t support me, I hope to win your support over the next four years. We’re going to be doing everything that benefits the community, in my mind, and just looking forward to the challenges.”