Dan Law is Tofino’s newest member of council.
The District of Tofino released the unofficial results of today’s municipal byelection roughly 30 minutes after the polls closed at 8 p.m. that show Law the winner with 319 votes.
Ronnie Lee received the second most votes with 123, followed by Cathy Thicke, 106 votes, Stephen Ashton 38, Craig Heber, 11, and Omar Soliman, 9.
“I’m happy people in Tofino chose me to represent them. I’m enjoying the moment, but I’m also preparing myself for hard work ahead. I’m also glad that through this by-election I’ve gotten to know the other candidates better; all of them have something to contribute,” Law told the Westerly News after the results were announced.
He attributed his history of public service and participation in the community as the reason he feels voters put their trust in him.
“People believe in what I stand for, and they believe I’ll try my best,” he said adding his first priority will be getting up to speed with the current council, elected last October.
“I’ll work hard to catch up, to be an active and constructive part of the team as fast as I can. In everything I do, I’m going to work towards all that I’ve stood for in this by-election,” he said.
In an email to the Westerly News Saturday night, Tofino mayor Josie Osborne expressed confidence in Law’s work ethic.
“Congratulations to Dan Law on his successful run to become Tofino’s newest member of council. Although it’s with mixed emotions that we watched a by-election take place to fill the seat left by Dorothy Baert’s passing, I know that Dan is ready to join the Council team and will be a hard working councillor fully committed to helping make Tofino the best community possible,” she wrote.
“I want to thank all the other candidates for stepping up and sharing their ideas and passion for Tofino. Excellent ideas and different perspectives were offered during the campaign, and I hope that most of the candidates will be able to stay involved in Tofino’s civic affairs.”
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