Val van den Broek celebrates her victory. Roxanne Hooper Black Press

Val van den Broek celebrates her victory. Roxanne Hooper Black Press

ELECTION 18: Val van den Broek chosen as mayor for Langley City (with video)

One-term Councillor wins three-way race in City

by Roxanne Hooper /Black Press

Langley City residents have a new mayor.

Voters have chosen one-term council member Val van Den Broek to replace retiring mayor Ted Schaffer.

Van den Broek, 45, won by a slim margin — just 206 votes — over challenger, and former City mayor, Peter Fassbender.

The mayor-elect is a Blacklock resident who’s lived in Langley for 18-plus years. She’s a federal public servant with the RCMP, who first ran for a councillor position in 2014 – successfully.

In that election, she received 1,864 votes out of the 4,187 votes cast within the City.

Van den Broek won the mayor’s chair on Saturday night with 50 per cent or 2,446 of the total votes.

“I’m so excited. I’m the mayor,” Van den Broek told Black Press, shortly after the results were announced.

“I’m beyond excited. This is what I wanted. I know I’m the person for the job.”

Fassbender earned 2,240 or just under 46 per cent of the vote.

Fassbender announced his own defeat when the election results were sent to his phone ahead of the official announcment, telling supporters “Langley City has a new mayor, Val van den Broek.”

Serena Oh came a distant third with 146 votes for 3 per cent.

Fassbender, 71, is a marketing and communications consultant who served as a two-term school trustee, one term on council, and three terms as mayor.

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After more than 19 years on council and five as mayor, Schaffer announced his retirement earlier this spring – in part due to some health issues.

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Coun. Nathan Pachal, who was elected in a byelection to replace the late Dave Hall, topped the polls with 2,573 or 52.6 per cent of the vote.

“I was a bit nervous,” Pachal said, “because a byelection is a byelection (not a full election campaign).”

“I’m extremely happy.”

Pachal views the poll results as an endorsement of his campaign and first council term.

“I presented solutions,” Pachal said.

He said over the next four years, he expects there will be progress on homelessness and affordable housing, but expects rapid transit will be a challenge.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Pachal said.

Next came Rosemary Wallace, a former City councillor who left to serve a term as school trustee. She got 2,276 or 46. 5 per cent.

Incumbent Paul Albrecht placed third with 2,100 votes.

He was followed by long-time councillor Gayle Martin, 1,840, Rudy Storteboom, 1,827 and former City councillor Teri James, with 1,818 votes.

Two school trustees elected to represent the City are Tony Ward and Shelley Coburn.

The remainder of the council candidates finished as follows:

Bruce Kilby – 1,768

Andrew Mercier – 1690

Jeff Jacobs – 1294

Mike Solyom – 1109

Jack Arnold (incumbent) – 1017

David Stingl – 785

Dana Miller – 723

Randy Caine – 695

Dave Allison – 530

Corey Doherty – 425

For school trustee:

Candy Ashdown – 1805

Marshall Austin – 1075

Sindy Jeffrey – 911

Among the 18,332 eligible voters, 4,891 people or 26.7 per cent actually cast ballots.

The new council will be sworn in during the inaugural meeting of council on Monday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. at City hall.

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Val van den Broek celebrates her victory. Roxanne Hooper Black Press

Val van den Broek celebrates her victory. Roxanne Hooper Black Press

Outgoing mayor Ted Schaffer and Coun. Jack Arnold, who did not keep his seat. Roxanne Hooper Black Press

Outgoing mayor Ted Schaffer and Coun. Jack Arnold, who did not keep his seat. Roxanne Hooper Black Press

Langley City mayoralty candidate Peter Fassbender awaits the election night results with family, friends and supporters. He announced his own defeat when the numbers arrived on his cell phone before they appeared on television. Dan Ferguson Black Press

Langley City mayoralty candidate Peter Fassbender awaits the election night results with family, friends and supporters. He announced his own defeat when the numbers arrived on his cell phone before they appeared on television. Dan Ferguson Black Press