The question many had going into this bitterly fought election was, can Justin Altmann pull it off? The answer was a resounding no, as the incumbent finished a distant third place behind Keith Acton and the eventual winner, incumbent Ward 5 councillor and, now, new mayor, Iain Lovatt. None of Altmann’s slate of “C3” candidates emerged victorious.

Happily re-elected (l-r) Ken Ferdinands (Ward 1), Rick Upton (Ward 4), Hugo Kroon (Ward 3) and Maurice Smith (Ward 2) celebrate together after convincing wins.

With friends and family surrounding him, the mayor-elect, who will be officially sworn in at the beginning of December, was demonstrably happy and grateful for the support. So too were a number of re-elected members of council who dropped by his election party to congratulate him and pledge an eagerness to work together as the new council begins to craft it’s course over the next few months.

In Ward 1, Ken Ferdinands easily held off challengers, as did Maurice Smith in Ward 2, Hugo Kroon in Ward 3 and Rick Upton in Ward 4. Richard Bartley returning to the public eye in Ward 5 and former mayor Sue Sherban edged out long-time Ward 6 councillor Rob Hargrave.

Main photo: Stouffville mayor-elect Iain Lovatt (centre-left) with supporters Greg Smith (left) and Wendy Armstrong (centre-right), and campaign manager Andrew Keyes (right)