Wednesday saw Saskatoon voters pick a new city council. Here are the results as reported by the City of Saskatoon. They are considered preliminary until confirmed. Wards too close to call will be updated once results are available.
Winner: Darren Hill
Incumbent Darren Hill wins re-election in Ward 1, holding on to a fourth consecutive term as city councillor.
Hill, who was first elected in 2006, is also the CEO of Junior Achievement of Saskatchewan and sits on the board of directors.
Candidates for Ward 1 this election included Tyrell Alexander, Wes Cameron and Jeff Wortman.
Winner: Ann Iwanchuk
Incumbent Ann Iwanchuk has won re-election in Ward 3 over challenger Mark Mills.
Iwanchuk was first elected to council in an October 2011 by-election, beating out six other candidates. She went on to win the following year’s civic election in one of the closest votes in Saskatoon history.
The councillor is married to Andy Iwanchuk, the former NDP MLA for Saskatoon Fairview.
Winner: Troy Davies
Incumbent Troy Davies has won re-election in Ward 4 over opponent Tobi Loopkey.
Davies first won the seat in Saskatoon’s last civic election in a close contest with one other candidate. The Ward was open after long-time councillor Myles Heidt retired in 2012.
Winner: Randy Donauer
Incumbent Randy Donauer has won re-election in Ward 5 over candidate Paul Miazga.
Donauer first won his seat in a November 2010 by-election and will now serve his third term as a Saskatoon city councillor.
Winner: Cynthia Block
Cynthia Block is the new city councillor for Ward 6.
A former CTV News anchor, Block is now a local business owner, professional communicator and tireless community volunteer.
Block beat out Mike McKague, Mark Prebble, Howard Fullford, Ian Rambally, Josie Steeves and Troy Wruck for the council seat Charlie Clark vacated in order to run for mayor.
Winner: Mairin Loewen
Incumbent Mairin Loewen has won re-election in Ward 7 over challenger Monique Koskie.
Loewen will serve her third term on council since being elected in a February 2011 by-election. The seat was vacated by Bob Pringle, who went on to serve his appointment as Saskatchewan’s children advocate until November 2016.
At the time, Loewen became the youngest person ever elected to city council at the age of 27. She lost that title a year later when Ward 10 candidate Zach Jeffries con his council seat at the age of 26.
Winner: Sarina Gersher
The new city councillor for Ward 8 is Sarina Gersher
Gersher works with the Meewasin Valley Authority as a GIS Analyst. She’s also a board member of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and founding member of Bus Riders of Saskatoon.
She won the seat over opponent Evan Drisner.
Ward 8 had been without a council representative since April when Eric Olauson, elected to council in 2012, won his riding in the provincial election. Olauson, a member of the Saskatchewan Party, is the MLA for Saskatoon University.
Winner: Bev Dubois
Bev Dubois will return to city hall with a win as the new councillor for Ward 9.
Other candidates for the Ward included David Cook, Thomas Hrynuik, Jeff Jackson, Roxanne Kaminski, Aaron Kernaghan and Robin Mowat.
In 2012, Ward 10 incumbent Dubois sought re-election for a fourth term. She lost out to newcomer Zach Jeffries in a tight race.
The 2016 Ward 9 race was open after long-time incumbent Tiffany Paulsen announced her political retirement earlier in the year.
Paulsen was first elected to the seat in 2000 Saskatoon at the age of 27, making her youngest person ever elected to council at the time.
Winner: Zach Jeffries
Incumbent Zach Jeffries has won re-election for Ward 10 over opponent Mattea Merta .
This marks the second victory for Jeffries, who in 2012 became the youngest person elected to Saskatoon city council at 26 years old.
In that race, he narrowly defeated three-term incumbent Bev Dubois , who won the race for councillor in Ward 9 this year.