January 23rd, 2018

Clugston romps to re-election, calls it ‘redemption’

By Collin Gallant on October 16, 2017.

NEWS PHOTO EMMA BENNETT Mayor Ted Clugston makes a speech to the crowd of supporters gathered at Beveridge Landmark Events on Monday night. Clugston has been re-elected for a second term.

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant

Ted Clugston sailed to re-election on Monday night, winning a second term as mayor in Medicine Hat, saying that issues of transit and transparency at city raised by his opponents failed to resonate with voters.

He also said that winning another majority mandate from voters was “redemption.”

“I’ve done the job, and I think that generally the people have approved of the what we’ve done on council,” he told supporters at Beveridge Landmark Events on Second Street in downtown Medicine Hat.

Clugston’s 9,317 votes on Monday gave him an overall majority, and more than double his closest competitor, former alderman John Hamill who earned 4,119. First time candidates Scott Raible (2,516 votes) and Thomas Fougere (497) rounded out the four person race.

Clugston earned fewer votes than in 2013, but increased his percentage (56.6 this time) win due to lower voter turnout. Unofficially, about 2,800 fewer votes were cast for mayor compared to 2013.

While voters re-endorsed Clugston, results for council were more of a mixed bag.

Two incumbent councillors lost out, while two previously serving aldermen were returned and a first-time candidate joins five from the previous term.

Full story in Tuesday’s edition of the News.

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