There are five new faces joining mayor-elect Sandra Masters on Regina city council.
Masters defeated two-term incumbent Michael Fougere while three city council incumbents were unseated by new challengers. Two other political newcomers won in vacant wards.
Masters, the lone female among the mayoral candidates for the 2020 municipal election who becomes the city’s first elected female mayor, beat Fougere by 4,366 votes with all polls reporting.
Masters received 19,015 votes (46.4 per cent) with incumbent Michael Fougere in second place securing 14,649 votes (35.7 per cent).
A total of 41,001 votes were cast, up from 36,656 votes in 2016, which was estimated to be a mere 20 per cent of eligible voters.
Fougere, who was first elected mayor in 2012 after serving on council for 15 years, labelled the promises of other candidates as “unrealistic and not sustainable” and touted his own platform as a balanced perspective on keeping people safe through the pandemic while still driving growth.
Masters promised to build an $85-million aquatic centre to address a void she feels exists in the city and would revitalize Regina’s economy.
Masters is also committed to finding 15 per cent savings in the city’s budget through increased efficiencies. That promise led to some sparring with Fougere about the possibility of those savings without cuts to city services.
In the race for council seats, incumbents Barbara Young (Ward 1), Joel Murray (Ward 6) and Shannon Bryce (Ward 7) were defeated.
Chery Stadnichuk, a former researcher with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, bested two-term incumbent Young in Ward 1. Stadnichuk won 2,754 votes (52.5 per cent) to Young’s 2,491 (47.5 per cent).
In Ward 6, Regina lawyer Dan LeBlanc held on to a lead of 127 votes over incumbent Joel Murray in Ward 6 in a contest with four more runners-up.
In Ward 7, five-time incumbent Sharron Bryce lost her seat to health consultant and community volunteer Terina Shaw who had 31 per cent of the vote to Bryce’s 27 per cent.
Ward 8 was a wide-open race after Mike O’Donnell announced he would not seek a fifth term on council. Shanon Zachidniak, who ran on an environmental platform won with 1,246 votes (37 per cent) to Alex Tkach’s 852 (25.6 per cent). Reid Hill finished in third place with 653 votes (19.6 per cent).
Another vacated seat was left in Ward 10 when Jerry Flegel ran his unsuccessful campaign for mayor, finishing third with 2,837 votes (eight per cent).
Landon Mohl, a financial advisor, steamfitter and pipefitter who represents trade workers as the trustee of their pension plan, took Ward 10 with 904 votes (22 per cent) while Adam Anderson finished with 701 votes (17 per cent). Six other candidates followed behind.
Bob Hawkins (Ward 2), Andrew Stevens (Ward 3), John Findura (Ward 5) and Jason Mancinelli (Ward 9) were all re-elected.
Hawkins, Findura and Mancinelli all had contested races while Stevens won in a landslide over three challengers.
Hawkins beat George Tsiklis by 511 votes; Findura beat Cameron Wilkes by 424 votes; and Mancinelli beat Katherine Gagne by 282 votes.
Lori Bresciani won Ward 4 by acclamation.