By Lyonel Doherty
It’s a little deja vu for Dave Mattes, who won his seat back on Town council in last Saturday’s byelection.
Mattes was the clear winner with 365 votes, followed by Aimee Grice with 197 and Peter McKenna with 101.
“I think my view on fiscal responsibility resonated with a lot of people,” Mattes said on Monday. “I was also able to get out and talk to a lot of people.”
The former councillor said it’s not easy to put your name out there knowing that only one person will succeed.
“I have been on the losing side and defeat is never easy. They (the other candidates) worked hard. I was very impressed with Aimee’s ideas and hope she considers running in November next year.”
Mattes said he has worked with most council members and Town staff before.
“We were a good team at actually getting things done. I think we can do that again.”
Mattes sees a great future for Oliver.
“I think if we can do a better job of communicating what we have to offer, we can look forward to well managed growth in the future.”
Mattes said council can make Oliver better by controlling taxes, enforcing bylaws, enhancing the downtown core and communicating better with taxpayers.
Grice was considered one of the contenders in the Dec. 2 byelection.
“I feel great! I of course would have liked to have won, but for my first try I am very pleased with the result.
Grice said last Saturday was a very long day for her.
“I was hard at work calling, messaging, emailing, etc., trying to get as many people out to the polls as I could. The last hour before the count was excruciating.”
Grice said it was made quite clear by those who voted that Mattes represented the change that they want in the community.
“I do feel that Dave and I both represent change – perhaps his experience and length of time in the community gave him the edge, it’s hard to say.”
Grice said she didn’t put much time into following what the other candidates were doing and saying; she kept her focus on what she stood for and believed was best for the community.
“I’ve had some very positive feedback post election and many are cheering me on to run again next year, which I intend to.”
Candidate Patrick Hampson garnered a total of 68 votes.
“I was surprised at the number of people running. The low voter turnout was typical,” he said, noting he believed he would be in the top three.
Reflecting on the results, Hampson said he faced some impediments, such as not being visible for several years, and not going door-to-door, instead relying on flyers and signs.
“I have taken a strong position regarding the need for positive change, rather than maintaining NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard) status quo.”
Hampson said he gave his honest opinion regarding the value of a hotel versus the perceived importance of Centennial RV Park.
“I avoided the ‘meet and greet’ venues because they typically draw only those who want to complain rather than those residents who have positive and objective opinions on improving Oliver.”
Hampson said he will not run again, noting the writing is on the wall and it’s time for new blood.