UPDATE: Braun still leading for mayor, election results stalled

City poll site is down, candidates awaiting numbers

  • Nov. 15, 2014 1:00 p.m.
Mayoralty candidate Henry Braun and his wife watch results.

Mayoralty candidate Henry Braun and his wife watch results.

Matsqui Centennial Auditorium is packed with people eagerly awaiting the results in the municipal election.

The results had been coming in steadily but now have been stalled with 29 of 34 polls reporting.

Election officer Bill Flitton said that due to an issue with the city website, the results cannot currently be updated.

He said they will return shortly with hard copies of the results.

Patricia Ross holds on to top spot for councilors. Others are exchanging positions with incumbents Les Barkman, Moe Gill, Ross Siemens, Brenda Falk and Dave Loewen among the front runners.

Currently, Coun. Henry Braun is in the lead with 52 per cent of the vote, followed by incumbent Bruce Banman with 48 per cent.

At the last update, all incumbent trustees were in the top seven, plus newcomers Freddy Latham and Balbir Gill.

Polls have closed in the municipal election and results will soon begin coming in.

There are only two candidates in Abbotsford’s mayoral race, incumbent Bruce Banman and challenger Coun. Henry Braun are at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium to await the results on who will serve as mayor of Abbotsford for the next four years.

Banman told The News he is nervous, “I am just trying to keep my lunch down.” He is here with his wife and his grandson.

Braun said he is feeling good, but said in about the last hour he has had butterflies awaiting results. He said that he is feeling at peace with things and soon will know whether he is in or out.

The auditorium is almost full with additional candidates for council and the board of education, along with friends, family and supporters.