By Michael Boriero
Bruno Côté was relieved and excited when he found out that he won the Potton mayoral race at roughly 3:30 a.m. on Monday, ending a long, and often heated, campaign season.
This year’s municipal election in Potton was one for the record books. For the first time in the town’s history, a political party, Un avenir pour tous à Potton, joined the race, led by mayoral candidate Stansje Plantenga, who was vying to be the town’s first female mayor.
Côté, meanwhile, was looking to step in for Michael Laplume, who announced he would be walking away from the mayor’s office. And Côté was hoping to return to the municipal council alongside Edward Mierzwinski, Francis Marcoux, Jason Ball, and André Ducharme.
In the end, Marcoux, Ball, and Ducharme earned another four-year term, while Mierzwinski was ousted by 19 votes in favour of Plantenga’s party member, Christine Baudinet. Baudinet was the only one in the party of four to gain a municipal council seat.