Syd Glawson wins with three-vote margin in CamBay election

Recount now likely


Syd Glawson was elected as mayor of Cambridge Bay on Dec. 14. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)

Syd Glawson was elected as mayor of Cambridge Bay on Dec. 14. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)

Syd Glawson will become the new mayor of Cambridge Bay, pending a likely recount, according to an early count released by returning officer Megan Livingston shortly before midnight Dec. 14.

Glawson, the former deputy mayor, who had taken over as mayor following the abrupt resignation of Michelle Gillis earlier this year, received 85 votes out of 310 votes cast, giving him 27 per cent of the total.

Interpreter and translator Joe Otokiak came in second with 82 votes, or 26 per cent of the total vote. Otokiak, only three votes behind, said he supports a recount.

Stephanie Autut, the executive director of the Nunavut Impact Review Board, won 76 votes.

Vicki Aitaok, manager of the Arctic Closet and Nunavut Tourism’s visitors centre, received 67.

About 43 per cent of Cambridge Bay’s eligible voters turned out to cast ballots.

Hamlet council positions were also up for election on Dec. 14.

The four candidates who received the highest number of votes, Amanda Hanson (205), Sarah “Olayok” Jancke (217), Keith Lear Sr. (216), and Wilf Wilcox (219), will serve two-year terms on the hamlet council, according to the certificate of results.

The two elected candidates who received the lowest votes, Stephen Crane (173), and Marg Epp (174), will serve one-year terms.

As for what people in Cambridge Bay can expect from their new mayor, Glawson told the Nunatsiaq News in October that if he was re-elected Dec. 14, he would push for a simple question and more community involvement in a future liquor plebiscite.

People in Cambridge Bay need to step up and say “you can do it,” and stop bootleggers, he said.

“We’re not going to eliminate alcohol, but we’re going to try to control the influx to individuals who sell it,” Glawson said.

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