Castlegar by-election official results released

It's official:Castlegar businessman Florio Vassilakakis will take a seat on city council for a 14-month term.

It's official: Castlegar businessman Florio Vassilakakis recognized as new City of Castlegar council member.

It's official: Castlegar businessman Florio Vassilakakis recognized as new City of Castlegar council member.

The City of Castlegar official by-election results have been released with no changes to the story as we reported on election night, Saturday, Sept. 14.

Businessman Florio Vassilakakis won the election with 408 votes, beating out Kirk Duff (244), Antoinette Halberstadt (171) and Tyler Maddocks (148) for the lone council seat that was up for grabs.

There wre a total of 971 votes cast, representing just 16 per cent turnout of the electorate. It’s the lowest percentage of votes cast in any Castlegar election since at least 1986, according to documents released by Carolyn Rempel, chief election officer.

By-elections in 2008 (18.5 per cent) and 2001 (25.1 per cent were higher but didn’t come close to the 1987 council election when more than 58 per cent of voters exercised their democratic right.