New mayor voted in for Oliver

New mayor voted in for Oliver

Council candidates wait for election results with bated breath. (Lyonel Doherty photo)

There’s a new person behind the mayor’s chair in Oliver.

With a voter turnout of 56.5 per cent, newcomer Martin Johansen won the seat at Saturday’s municipal election with 879 votes, compared to incumbent Mayor Ron Hovanes’ 719.

Johansen will be joined by council members Larry Schwartzenberger (913), Dave Mattes (1,076), Petra Veintimilla (1,217) and newcomer Aimee Grice (889).

Rick Machial (251) will remain as water councillor and he will be joined by Parminder Sidhu (256).

In regional district Area C, Rick Knodel will be director. Knodel took 629 votes compared to contender Randy Toor’s 373.

Councillor Maureen Doerr had 778 votes and Dermott Hutton had 748.

Water councillor hopeful David Machial had 204 votes and current water councillor Andre Miller had 145.


  1. Woohoo!!! Wonderful news for Oliver! Hovanes shouldn’t have taken the day off yesterday!! Jack Bennest/ODN predictions wrong!! One should never assume…

  2. Congratulations to the winners of the elections and thank you to those that ran and were not victorious. Putting yourself out there as a candidate takes courage and I respect that.
    Thank you Ron Hovanes and Maureen Doerr for serving our community and I hope that you will continue to be part of the towns future success.