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Johansen takes mayor’s chair in Oliver

Find out who all has been elected in Oliver

8:56 p.m.

Rick Knodel has been announced as the director for Area C according to Civic Info BC.

8:52 p.m.

Martin Johansen has taken the mayor’s seat with 879 votes, beating out incumbent Ron Hovanes who garned 719 votes according to Civic Info BC.

Petra Veintimilla, David Mattes, Larry Schwartzenberger, and Aimee Grice are the town’s new councillors.

Sidhu Parminder and Rick Machial have been elected as the water board councillors.

8:17 p.m.

Rachel Allenbrand and Robert Zandee have been announced as trustees for the Town of Oliver and Area C School District by Civic Info BC.

Incumbent Ron Hovanes ran against Martin Johansen, a new Oliver resident and current manager of building services for the City of Kelowna. The mayor’s seat has yet to be announced.

Rick Knodel, who was the alternate to previous Area C director Terry Schafer, ran against Randy Toor for the director seat of Area C – Rural Oliver.

Six candidates ran for seats as councillor: Aimee Grice, Larry Schwartzenberger, Dermott Hutton, Petra Veintimilla, Maureen Doerr, and David Mattes.

Four candidates ran for the position of water councillor: David Machial, Rick Machial, Andre Miller, and Sidhu Parminder.

Crime, the vacant positions on the RCMP, and the recent opening of the nearby correctional facility were all hot topics this election season. Many candidates also ran campaigns based on the revitalization of the town’s downtown.

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