Monday night was a roller coaster ride of emotions for Lethbridge candidates during the Alberta municipal election. Long time city councillor Blaine Hyggen was elected mayor of Lethbridge in a closely contested race against rival Bridget Mearns. He received close to 43 per cent of the vote compared to Mearns at 41 per cent. Hyggen, who was city councillor from 2013 to 2021, says he is excited for what comes next.
“The biggest thing is to sit down with councillors and find out what goals and ideas that they have. This has got to be a team effort. Throughout the campaign, we talk about there being some division here previously. We’re going to have varying opinions, but it should be something that we need to work on our strengths not our weaknesses together and do what we can to better our community. That’s what it’s all about. If we had any issues, let’s put them behind us. Let’s wipe the slate clean, and let’s get going forward.”
The official Alberta municipal election results will be released on October 22nd.