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Final tally gives council seat to Chris Pettingill

Recount was triggered after a two-vote margin between Pettingill and Fabry for sixth council spot

Well, that was a nail biter.

The final results are in and Chris Pettingill has earned a spot on council.

The results were released by the District of Squamish at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. 

A triumphant end to what had to have been an anxious wait since Saturday's election.

After the polls closed at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, the results showed a razor-thin margin between the sixth chosen councillor, Chris Pettingill, who garnered 1,822  votes and the seventh-placed Sacha Fabry with 1,820. Thus, a two-vote difference separated the men.

A recount was performed this week and the final results mirrored the earlier tally, securing Pettingill the win. 

He said was "honoured and privileged" to be chosen for Squamish's next council. 

“My fellow candidate Sacha Fabry worked incredibly hard, ran a very strong campaign, and I know he cares deeply about Squamish,” Pettingill said in an email to The Chief.  “The last few days have been stressful for both of us, and I want to recognize Sacha’s calmness, professionalism, and friendliness during this time, especially during the 10 hours we spent together during the recount on Tuesday.”

Pettingill also thanked his supporters, family and the community for their faith in him. 

When muni elections are held every four years, the residents of the District of Squamish elect one mayor, six councillors, and two school trustees.

Out of 14,695 eligible voters, 7,024 — or 47.80 per cent — cast ballots.

The incoming council will be sworn in Nov. 6.

**Please note, this story has been updated since it was first posted to add a comment from Chris Pettingill. 

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