BY KIRK STARRATT
Kings County Advertiser/Register
On her second run for municipal office, Patricia Bishop is the new councillor-elect for Kings County’s District 10.
Bishop won the seat in a byelection July 23 .
Of 3,560 eligible voters in the district, 693 cast ballots for Bishop and 441 voted for opponent Peter Elderkin. Voter turnout was just under 32 per cent.
“We did it working together and counting on each other to bring about positive change,” Bishop said following the vote. “I had so many great friends and neighbours support me.”
She said the job is now about getting down to work representing constituents with the “fresh start” she says people voted for.
Bishop said she didn’t take anything for granted leading into election day and wasn’t counting on a win. “You never know what is going to happen.”
Elderkin said is very thankful to everyone who supported him. He said he recognizes he is “just one voice” now, but he will still advocate for Kings County being open for business.
“We ran a good campaign. They just did a better job getting the vote out.”
Bishop said her team did a great job bringing out a younger demographic over the last couple weeks of the campaign and worked hard on election day to get the vote out.
She said she is very thankful to everyone who supported her and got out to vote.
Bishop said the number of calls she received from people outside District 10 and offered support touched her.
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“People in the community are ready for a fresh beginning,” she said. “That came through today and I’m thankful for that.”
Greenwich, polling division 10D, had the highest voter turnout. Of 711 eligible voters, 280 cast ballots - 175 for Bishop and 105 for Elderkin - a voter turnout of 39.4 per cent.
A little over 10 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots in advance polls. Of the 1,134 people who voted, 367 cast ballots in the advance polls: 235 for Bishop and 132 for Elderkin.
On election day, July 23, 93 people cast ballots in polling division 10A, A to K, North Alton: 58 for Bishop, 35 for Elderkin. With 700 eligible voters in the poll, turnout was 13.3 per cent.
For 10A, L to Z, North Alton: 135 ballots were cast, 81 for Bishop, 54 for Elderkin. With 673 eligible voters in the poll, turnout was 20.1 per cent
In polling division 10B, Cambridge: 53 cast ballots, 20 for Bishop and 33 for Elderkin. With of 339 eligible voters, turnout was 15.6 per cent.
For polling division 10C, A to K, North Alton: 112 ballots were cast, 67 for Bishop and 45 for Elderkin. With 551 eligible voters, voter turnout was 20.3 per cent.
For 10C, L to Z, North Alton: 94 cast ballots, 57 for Bishop and 37 for Elderkin. With 536 eligible voters, turnout was 17.5 per cent.