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Rene Gendre to lead Fort Macleod council

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Rene Gendre is the new mayor of Fort Macleod.

Voters were in the mood for change Monday.
Fort Macleod elected a new mayor in Rene Gendre, who received 489 votes to finish ahead of Shawn Patience with 457 and Susan Koots with 139.
Newcomer Mike Collar led the council voting with 668 votes, followed by fellow newcomers Brent Feyter with 632, Keith Trowbridge with 588, Michael Dyck with 570 and Trish Hoskin with 476.
Gord Wolstenholme, with 472 votes, was the only incumbent re-elected.
Former councillor Mike Bourassa, who was trying to return to council, got 471 votes to finish seventh.
A recount is under way today (Tuesday) due to the small margin between Hoskin, Wolstenholme and Bourassa.
Defeated candidates were incumbent Sharan Randle with 419 votes, former community peace officer Werner Dressler with 375, incumbent Donna Houston with 328 and challenger Ted Buzunis with 304.
Voters also opted for change in the MD of Willow Creek, where John Kroetsch beat incumbent Ed Neufeld 89-64 in Division 2 and Maryanne Sandberg beat incumbent Phil Wakelin 167-111.
Incumbents councillors Henry Van Hierden, Earl Hemmaway, Ian Sundquist, Glen Alm and Neil Wilson were returned by acclamation.
At Granum, newcomers Barin Beresford and Nina Shimp topped voting for the five council positions with 183 and 140 votes, respectively.
Incumbents Birthe Berger, 97, Shirley Murphy, 93, and Jerry Brown, 87 were returned.
The new Granum council will choose a mayor at the organizational meeting.
Defeated candidates are John Connor, 68, Zoria Harrison, 67, Walter Gripping, 54, Herb Pitchko, 53, Leonard Kultgen, 25, and Sandra Danyluk, 24.

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