Wednesday , 19 January 2022

Watchmaker Voted as Chief, John and Badger Re-elected as Councillors

A council and Chief has been elected in Kehewin.

Vernon Watchmaker (376 votes) will take over as Chief after beating Brenda Vanguard (260 votes) and Hellen Gladue (78 votes) in the election Wednesday.

The new council is:

Kevin Amahoose (343 votes)

Ben Badger (335 votes)

Trevor John (327 votes)

Grey Eagle Cardinal (322 votes)

Ernest Gadwa (313 votes)

Charlene Gadwa (302 votes)

Sheldon Youngchief (277 votes)

Trevor John and Ben Badger remain as councillors from the previous council. Watchmaker was a councillor before the election Wednesday as well.

The voter turnout was 62 per cent with 895 of the 1441 eligible people voting.

A court injunction was filed before the election requesting a band meeting. They were protesting the previous council on how the referendum in August was done. It is not clear the impact this injunction will have with the election results, if at all.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.