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Sperling wins Area C by-election

In electoral rematch, Brad Sperling beats out Suzanne Haab with 264 votes to 254
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Charlie Lake's Brad Sperling

Brad Sperling has won the Area C by-election, according to preliminary results from the Peace River Regional District.

Sperling received 264 votes while his challenger Suzanne Haab received 254 votes, according to the PRRD.

Finalized results are expected Tuesday.

The electoral area includes the communities of Charlie Lake, Old Fort, Baldonnel, Grandhaven, Clairmont, and Two Rivers, where residents were voting on a director to represent them on the board of the PRRD.

The by-election was a do-over of October’s general election, the results of which were overturned by the B.C. Supreme Court when it was discovered voters outside the electoral area were given ballots despite being ineligible to vote.

Final results of the Oct. 15 election showed Suzanne Haab, a political newcomer, winning with just a three-vote edge over the incumbent Sperling, 234 to 231.

The concern with the narrow margin was whether the actual number of ineligible votes cast impacted the margin, and to what degree.

As a result, the Supreme Court ruled the results couldn't be validated, meaning the position of Area C director was vacant.

Haab and Sperling were the only two candidates to file their nominations for this month's by-election, and 232 votes were cast in advance polls on Feb. 15 and 22.

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