Coquitlam city council is getting a shakeup, following the victory Saturday of two newcomers in a byelection to replace Linda Reimer and Selina Robinson.
Chris Wilson and Bonita Zarrillo topped the polls, knocking former councillors Doug Macdonell and Barrie Lynch — as well as seven other contenders — out of the running.
Both Wilson and Zarrillo are first-time candidates for city council, although Wilson ran unsuccessfully for an MLA seat in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain in the May provincial election.
Wilson was the top candidate Saturday, garnering 25.99 per cent of the vote.
Zarrillo placed second with 17.99 per cent.
Macdonell ranked third, with 14.33 per cent of the vote, followed by Lynch, with 11.96 per cent.
Teri Towner ranked fifth (9.99 per cent of the vote), followed by Vincent Wu (4.78 per cent), Ben Craig (4.69 per cent), Ben B.H. Kim (3.99 per cent), Michael Bell (3.02 per cent), Kurt Zaporozan (1.76 per cent) and Kevin Startin (1.5 per cent).
Wilson is a two-time World Cup wrestling champion and former Olympian who heads up KidSport Tri-Cities and the local chapter of Operation Red Nose. He was named SHARE’s Volunteer of the Year in 2012.
Zarrillo is a business owner who attracted attention for using the crowd sourcing website indigogo to raise $4,510 in funds toward her election campaign. According to her website, her focus is on “building a strong economy,” “good local services,” “transit,” and “fair and affordable city taxes.”
All vote counts are unofficial, according to the City of Coquitlam.
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