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Barb Smith handily wins byelection in Pouce Coupe

Barb Smith is the village of Pouce Coupe's newest councillor, filling a position left vacant by a councillor who resigned early in his term over a dispute with the mayor.

Barb Smith is the village of Pouce Coupe's newest councillor, filling a position left vacant by a councillor who resigned early in his term over a dispute with the mayor.

Smith, a former Pouce Coupe mayor, handily won the village's March 7 byelection, beating her nearest challenger by 70 votes. She finished with 108 votes, followed by John Morgan's 38.

Nadine Gagné finished third with 26 votes.

Around 29 per cent of the village's eligible voters cast a ballot in the byelection.

She will fill a seat left vacant by Gordon "Red" Merrick, who resigned in December over a dispute with mayor Bill Plowright.

The dispute centered around a letter Plowright wrote about Merrick's previous term as a councillor in which he alleged various improprieties.

In the November election, Smith ran against Plowright, losing 86 to 78. Kimeal Cooke finished third with 48 votes.

During that election, Smith told Alaska Highway News the biggest issues facing the village were resource development, volunteerism and potential work on a highway bypass around the village.

Smith was unavailable for comment Sunday morning.

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