Nearly 39% of registered voters took part in this year’s municipal election in Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, electing former Liberal MNA Russell Copeman as new borough mayor.
Copeman, running under the Coalition Montréal-Marcel Côté banner, garnered 29.42 % of the vote.
In the race to become borough mayor, Projet Montréal’s Michael Simkin finished in second place with 26.24 % of the vote, followed by Vrai Changement pour Montréal’s Andrew Ross in third and Équipe Denis Coderre’s Kevin Copps in fourth.
The closest district race in the borough was in Côte-des-Neiges district. Projet Montréal’s Magda Popeanu beat out incumbent Helen Fotopulos by only 77 votes (1%).
In Darlington, former acting interim borough mayor Lionel Perez, running for Équipe Denis Coderre, won a seat with just under 36 % of the vote.
In Snowdon, Marvin Rotrand got the highest percentage of ballots (48.2%), sealing his ninth consecutive election with nearly half of the 6,832 casted votes.
Projet Montréal’s Peter McQueen was reelected in NDG with 38% of the vote, beating out Mélanie Joly’s co-candidate by 649 votes. The Notre-Dame-de-Grâce district had the best voter turnout in the borough (45%).
The biggest surprise came in Loyola district, where independent candidate Jeremy Searle, a former councillor, was elected with 23.41% of the vote, finishing 5% ahead of Christian Arseneault of Projet Montréal.
Copeman becomes the borough’s first permanent mayor since Michael Applebaum left to become mayor of the city of Montreal in 2012. Lionel Perez had acted as interim mayor of the borough since last November.
Any candidate who was elected or who obtained at least 15 per cent of the votes cast is eligible for reimbursement by the taxpayer.
The chief electoral officer, after having received and checked documentation submitted by candidates, reimburses 70% of election expenses up to an amount defined by the number of voters. Candidates for mayor have a higher limit than candidates for councillor.