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Museum Archivist
ELECTIONS IN WHITE ROCK
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The following is a list of dates of civic elections in White Rock along with mayors and councillors elected, as well as information such as by-elections, resignations, appointments and other significant events defining the terms of office of politicians in White Rock.  Updated on October 27, 2015.

1956 December 15

Referendum was held Surrey-wide to determine if White Rock should secede and incorporate.

Surrey voters
Yes - 3,565
No - 3,188

White Rock voters
Yes - 755
No - 595

1957 January 5

Provisional Council established by the Department of Municipal Affairs.

Provisional Council Chairman
Defieux, Charles Morris

Provisional Council Members
Hodgson, William Tickner
Mitchell, Alexander Malcolm
Offer, William Ralph
Parker, Leonard
Shields, William C.
White, Charles Edward

1957 April 15

12:01 am White Rock officially became a city.

1957 June 13

Special meeting of White Rock Council appointed William Hodgson as Acting Mayor after Charles Defieux resigned on June 12. Also, Alderman C. E. White had become ineligible by this time as he no longer owned property within the City of White Rock.

1957 April 17

Provisional Mayor and Aldermen sworn in.

Provisional Mayor
Defieux, Charles Morris

Provisional Aldermen
Hodgson, William Tickner
Offer, William Ralph
Mitchell, Alexander Malcolm
Parker, Leonard
Shields, William C.
White, Charles Edward

1957 July 29

Provincial Cabinet approved appointment of William Hodgson as Provisional Mayor, and Sidney Charles Fennell as Provisional Alderman.

1957 September 19 - Election
1957 October 1 - Sworn in

Note - The Mayor was elected to a 2 year term. The Aldermen who placed first, second and third in number of votes were elected to 2 year terms, and Aldermen who place fourth, fifth and sixth were elected to 1 year terms. Elections were scheduled once a year to replace those whose term was ending.

Elected Mayor
Hodgson, William Tickner

Elected Aldermen - 2 year term
Fennell, Sidney Charles
Lee, Jessie Isabel
Mitchell, Alexander Malcolm

Elected Aldermen - 1 year term
Browne, Lilian Edith
Offer, William Ralph Zack, Max

1958 December 11 - Election
1959 January - Sworn in

Note - From this point on, the terms "Sitting Mayor" and "Sitting Aldermen" refers to Mayors or Aldermen who were already in office, and not running for a seat, at the time of this election.

Sitting Mayor
Hodgson, William Tickner

Elected Aldermen
Hynds, John (Jack)
Irwin, Ed
Zack, Max

Sitting Aldermen
Fennell, Sidney Charles
Lee, Jessie Isabel
Mitchell, Alexander Malcolm

1959 December 17 - Election
1960 January 4 - Sworn in

Elected Mayor
Douglass, Harry Thorburn

Elected Aldermen
Graham, John Edward
Hall, Bruce Woolfred
Lee, Jessie Isabel

Sitting Aldermen
Hynds, John (Jack)
Irwin, Ed
Zack, Max

1960 October 5 - By-election *
1960 October 11 - Sworn in

Note - *This by-election was held to fill the seat of Alderman Bruce Hall who had resigned on September 6, 1960.

Sitting Mayor
Douglass, Harry Thorburn

Elected Alderman

Taylor, William Henry

Sitting Aldermen
Graham, John Edward
Hynds, John (Jack)
Irwin, Ed
Lee, Jessie Isabel
Zack, Max

1960 December 8 - Election
1961 January 3 - Sworn in

Sitting Mayor
Douglass, Harry Thorburn

Elected Aldermen
Bleakley, Tom
Hynds, John (Jack)
Irwin, Ed

Sitting Aldermen
Graham, John Edward
Lee, Jessie Isabel
Taylor, William Henry

1961 December 7 - Election
1962 January 8 - Sworn in

Elected Mayor
Douglass, Harry Thorburn

Elected Aldermen
Graham, John Edward
Lee, Jessie Isabel
Taylor, William Henry

Sitting Aldermen
Bleakley, Tom
Hynds, John (Jack)
Irwin, Ed

1962 December 6 - Election
1963 January 7 - Sworn in

Sitting Mayor
Douglass, Harry Thorburn

Elected Aldermen
Bleakley, Tom
Holt, Gerry
Hynds, John (Jack)

Sitting Aldermen
Graham, John Edward
Lee, Jessie Isabel
Taylor, William Henry

1963 December 5 - Election
1964 January 6 - Sworn in

Note - This election was for Aldermen only. As the only candidate for Mayor, Harry Douglass was declared elected by acclamation when nominations closed on November 25, 1963.

Elected Mayor - (by acclamation)
Douglass, Harry Thorburn

Elected Aldermen
Campbell, Ron
Graham, John Edward
Taylor, William Henry

Sitting Aldermen
Bleakley, Tom
Holt, Gerry
Hynds, John (Jack)

1964 May 28 - By-election *
1964 May 29 - Sworn in

Note - *Tom Bleakley resigned on April 1st 1964, forcing this by-election.

Sitting Mayor
Douglass, Harry Thorburn

Elected Alderman
Wall, Arthur Etienne*

Sitting Aldermen
Campbell, Ron
Graham, John Edward
Holt, Gerry
Hynds, John (Jack)
Taylor, William Henry

1964 December 12 - Election
1965 January 4 - Sworn in

Sitting Mayor
Douglass, Harry Thorburn

Elected Aldermen
Holt, Gerry
Maggs, Percy
Wall, Arthur Etienne

Sitting Aldermen
Campbell, Ron
Graham, John Edward
Taylor, William Henry

1965 July 3 - By-election*
1965 July 6 - Sworn in

Note - *By-election called due to the death of Ald. William Henry Taylor. John (Jack) Hynds as the only candidate running, won by acclamation.

Sitting Mayorbr>Douglass, Harry Thorburn

Elected Alderman (by acclamation)
Hynds, John (Jack)*

Sitting Aldermen
Campbell, Ron
Graham, John Edward
Holt, Gerry
Maggs, Percy
WWall, Arthur Etienne

1965 December 11 - Election
1966 January 3 - Sworn in

Sitting Mayor
Douglass, Harry Thorburn

Elected Aldermen
Carmichael, Tom
Graham, John Edward
Hynds, John (Jack)

Sitting Aldermen
Holt, Gerry
Maggs, Percy
Wall, Arthur Etienne

1966 December 10 - Election
1967 January 3 - Sworn in

Sitting Mayor
Douglass, Harry Thorburn

Elected Aldermen
Feedham, Weldon Burnaby
Maggs, Percy
Wall, Arthur Etienne

Sitting Aldermen
Carmichael, Tom
Graham, John
Hynds, John (Jack)

1967 December 9 - Election
1968 January 8 - Sworn in

Elected Mayor
Douglass, Harry Thorburn

Elected Aldermen
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Hynds, John (Jack)
Sutherland, Bill

Sitting Aldermen
Feedham, Weldon Burnaby
Maggs, Percy
Wall, Arthur Etienne

1968 December 7 - Election
1969 January 6 - Sworn in

Sitting Mayor
Douglass, Harry Thorburn

Elected Aldermen
Feedham, Weldon Burnaby
Maggs, Percy
Wall, Arthur Etienne

Sitting Aldermen
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Hynds, John (Jack)
Sutherland, Bill

1969 December 6 - Election
1970 January 5 - Sworn in

Elected Mayor
Hynds, John (Jack)

Elected Aldermen
Colby, Larry
Sinclair, Harold Murray (Hal)
Sutherland, Bill

Sitting Aldermen
Feedham, Weldon Burnaby
Maggs, Percy
Wall, Arthur Etienne

1970 December 12 - Election
1971 January 4 - Sworn in

Sitting Mayor
Hynds, John (Jack)

Elected Aldermen
Feedham, Weldon Burnaby
James, Milton George
Wall, Arthur Etienne

Sitting Aldermen
Colby, Larry
Sinclair, Harold Murray (Hal)
Sutherland, Bill

1971 December 11 - Election
1972 January 3 - Sworn in

Note - *A vacant seat for Alderman, 1 year term, had to be filled when Art Wall resigned his seat on council to run for Mayor in this election.

Elected Mayor
Wall, Arthur Etienne

Elected Aldermen - 2 year term
Colby, Larry
Ginther, J. Lorne
Sutherland, Bill

Elected Alderman - 1 year term
Clements, John A. (Scotty)*

Sitting Aldermen
Feedham, Weldon Burnaby
James, Milton George

1972 December 9 - Election
1973 January 8 - Sworn in

Sitting Mayor
Wall, Arthur Etienne

Elected Aldermen
Clements, John A. (Scotty)
Sinclair, Harold Murray (Hal)
TThompson, Derrald

Sitting Aldermen
Colby, Larry
Ginther, J. Lorne
Sutherland, Bill

1973 November 17 - Election
1974 January 7 - Sworn in

Elected Mayor
McDonald, Don

Elected Aldermen
Clifford, Gerry
Ginther, J. Lorne
Jones, Ken
Pearson, Don

Sitting Aldermen
Sinclair, Harold Murray (Hal)
Thompson, Derrald

1974 November 16 - Election
1975 January 6 - Sworn in

Sitting Mayor
McDonald, Don

Elected Aldermen
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Hogg, Gordon
Sinclair, Harold Murray (Hal)

Sitting Aldermen
Ginther, J. Lorne
Jones, Ken
Pearson, Don

1975 November 15 - Election
1976 January 6 - Sworn in

Elected Mayor
McDonald, Don

Elected Aldermen
Ginther, J. Lorne
Jones, Ken
Pearson, Don

Sitting Aldermen
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Hogg, Gordon
Sinclair, Harold Murray (Hal)

1976 November 20 - Election
1977 January 3 - Sworn in

Sitting Mayor
McDonald, Don

Elected Aldermen
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Hogg, Gordon
Sinclair, Harold Murray (Hal)

Sitting Aldermen
Ginther, J. Lorne
Jones, Ken
Pearson, Don

1977 November 19 - Election
1977 December 5 - Sworn in

Elected Mayor
McDonald, Don

Elected Aldermen
Blewett, John
Lower, Margaret
Pearson, Don

Sitting Aldermen
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Hogg, Gordon
Sinclair, Harold Murray (Hal)

1978 November 18 - Election
1978 December 4 - Sworn in

Note - *An additional Aldermanic seat was open when Ald. Don Pearson said he would be moving away for work reasons. He announced his resignation on April 24, but remained on Council until the November election.

Sitting Mayor
McDonald, Don

Elected Aldermen *
Hogg, Gordon
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Kirstein, Tom
Sinclair, Harold Murray (Hal)

Sitting Aldermen
Blewett, John
Lower, Margaret

1979 November 17 - Election
1979 December 3 - Sworn in

Elected Mayor
Kirstein, Tom

Elected Aldermen
Beuhler, Carmen
Lower, Margaret
Thompson, Derrald

Sitting Aldermen
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Hogg, Gordon
Sinclair, Harold Murray (Hal)

1980 November 15 - Election
1980 December 3 - Sworn in

Sitting Mayor
Kirstein, Tom

Elected Aldermen
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Hogg, Gordon
Sinclair, Harold Murray (Hal)

Sitting Aldermen
Beuhler, Carmen
Lower, Margaret
Thompson, Derrald

1981 November 21 - Election
1981 December 7 - Sworn in

Elected Mayor
Kirstein, Tom

Elected Aldermen
Beuhler, Carmen
Brett, Brian
Lower, Margaret

Sitting Aldermen
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Hogg, Gordon
Sinclair, Harold Murray (Hal)

1982 November 20 - Election
1982 December 6 - Sworn in

Sitting Mayor
Kirstein, Tom

Elected Aldermen
Blewett, John
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Hogg, Gordon

Sitting Aldermen
Beuhler, Carmen
Brett, Brian
Lower, Margaret

1983 November 19 - Election
1983 December 5 - Sworn in

Note - *One-year-term for James Coleridge, filling seat vacated by Gordon Hogg, who stepped down to run for Mayor. The other three aldermen were elected for two-year terms.

Elected Mayor
Hogg, Gordon

Elected Aldermen
Beuhler, Carmen
Brett, Brian
Coleridge, James*
Webb, David

Sitting Aldermen
Blewett, John
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)

1984 November 17 - Election
1984 December 6 - Sworn in

Sitting Mayor
Hogg, Gordon

Elected Aldermen
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Coleridge, James
Lower, Margaret

Sitting Aldermen
Beuhler, Carmen
Brett, Brian
Webb, David

1985 November 16 - Election
1985 December 2 - Sworn in

Elected Mayor
Hogg, Gordon

Elected Aldermen
Beuhler, Carmen
Hutchinson, Louise
Webb, David

Sitting Aldermen
Coleridge, James
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Lower, Margaret

1986 November 15 - Election
1986 December 8 - Sworn in

Sitting Mayor
Hogg, Gordon

Elected Aldermen
Coleridge, James
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Lower, Margaret

Sitting Aldermen
Beuhler, Carmen
Hutchinson, Louise
Webb, David

1987 November 21 - Election
1987 December 7 - Sworn in

Sitting Mayor
Hogg, Gordon (by acclamation)

Elected Aldermen
Hutchinson, Louise
Staub, Hardy
Webb, David

Sitting Aldermen
Coleridge, James
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Lower, Margaret

1988 November 19 - Election
1988 December 5 - Sworn in

Sitting Mayor
Hogg, Gordon

Elected Aldermen
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Ginther, J. Lorne
Lower, Margaret

Sitting Aldermen
Hutchinson, Louise
Staub, Hardy
Webb, David

1990 November 17 - Election
1990 December 3 - Sworn in

Note - All elections from this point on were 3-year terms for Mayor and Council. Staggered terms were abolished.

Elected Mayor
Hogg, Gordon

Elected Aldermen
Charles, Sharon
Coleridge, James
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Forster, Judy
Staub, Hardy
Webb, David

1991 June 15 - By-election
1991 June 24 - Sworn in

Note - * Sharon Charles had stepped down two months earlier and then ran in the by-election.

Sitting Mayor
Hogg, Gordon

Elected Alderman
Charles, Sharon*

Sitting Aldermen
Coleridge, James
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Forster, Judy
Staub, Hardy
Webb, David

1993 November 20 - Election
1993 December 6 - Sworn in

Note - From this point on, the term "Alderman" was replaced with "Councillor" to reflect gender diversity of Councils.

Elected Mayor
Staub, Hardy

Elected Councillors
Coleridge, James
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin)
Forster, Judy
Hutchinson, Louise
McLean, Doug
Webb, David

1996 November 16 - Election
1996 December 1 - Sworn in

Elected Mayor
Staub, Hardy

Elected Councillors
Coleridge, James
Forster, Judy
McLean, Doug
Mikelson, Mary
Peddemors, Stewart
Webb, David

1998 September 12 - By-election
1998 September 28 - Sworn in

Note - *By-election called after David Webb stepped down, due to health issues.

Sitting Mayor
Staub, Hardy

Elected Councillor
Foster, Caroline *

Sitting Councillors
Coleridge, James
Forster, Judy
McLean, Doug
Mikelson, Mary
Peddemors, Stewart

1999 November 20 - Election
1999 December 6 - Sworn in

Elected Mayor
Staub, Hardy

Elected Councillors
Anderson, Mary-Wade
Coleridge, James
Forster, Judy
McLean, Doug
Mikelson, Mary
Peddemors, Stewart

2002 November 16 - Election
2002 December 2 - Sworn in

Elected Mayor
Forster, Judy

Elected Councillors
Anderson, Mary-Wade
Annable, Cliff
McLean, Doug
Peddemors, Stewart
Todd, Matt
Woods, Margaret

2005 November 19 - Election
2005 December 5 - Sworn in

Elected Mayor
Forster, Judy

Elected Councillors
Anderson, Mary-Wade
Coleridge, James
Ferguson, Catherine
McLean, Doug
Peddemors, Stewart
Todd, Matt

2008 November 17 - Election
2008 December 5 - Sworn in

Elected Mayor
Ferguson, Catherine

Elected Councillors
Anderson, Mary-Wade
Campbell, Al
Coleridge, James
Fathers, Helen
McLean, Doug
Sinclair, Lynne

2009 September 12 - By-election *
2009 October 5 - Sworn in

Note - By-election held after James Coleridge unseated by court decision.

Sitting Mayor
Ferguson, Catherine

Elected Councillor
Meyer, Grant*

Sitting Councillors
Anderson, Mary-Wade
Campbell, Al
Fathers, Helen
McLean, Doug
Sinclair, Lynne

2011 November 19 - Election
2011 December 5 - Sworn in

Elected Mayor
Baldwin, Wayne

Elected Councillors
Anderson, Mary-Wade
Campbell, Al
Fathers, Helen
Hutchinson, Louise
Meyer, Grant
Robinson, Larry

2012 November 3 - By-election
2012 November 19 - Sworn in

Note - *By-election called due to death of Councillor Mary-Wade Anderson.

Sitting Mayor
Baldwin, Wayne

Elected Councillor
Lawrence, Bill*

Sitting Councillors
Campbell, Al
Fathers, Helen
Hutchinson, Louise
Meyer, Grant
Robinson, Larry

2014 November 15 - Election
2014 December 1 - Sworn In

Elected Mayor
Baldwin, Wayne

Elected Councillors
Chesney, David
Fathers, Helen
Knight, Megan
Lawrence, Bill
Meyer, Grant
Sinclair, Lynne

List of names of people elected as Mayor, Alderman or Councillor

{M = Mayor}

Anderson, Mary-Wade {1999 - 2012}
Annable, Cliff {2002 - 2005}
Baldwin, Wayne {2011 - 2015 M}
Beuhler, Carmen {1979 - 1987}
Bleakley, Tom {1961 - 1964}
Blewett, John {1977 - 1979} {1982 - 1984}
Brett, Brian {1981 - 1985}
Browne, Lilian Edith {1957 - 1959}
Campbell, Al {2008 - 2014}
Campbell, Ron {1964 - 1966}
Carmichael, Tom {1966 - 1968}
Charles, Sharon {1990 - 1993}
Chesney, David {2014 - present}
Clements, John A. (Scotty) {1972 - 1974}
Clifford, Gerry {1973 - 1975}
Colby, Larry {1970 - 1974}
Coleridge, James {1983 - 1988} {1990 - 2002} {2005 - 2009}
Coyne, Vincent E. (Vin) {1968 - 1970} {1975 - 1996}
Defieux, Charles Morris {1957 M}
Douglass, Harry Thorburn {1960 - 1970 M}
Fathers, Helen {2008 - present}
Feedham, Weldon Burnaby {1967 - 1973}
Fennell, Sidney Charles {1957 - 1960}
Ferguson, Catherine {2005 - 2008} {2008 - 2011 M}
Forster, Judy {1990 - 2002} {2002 - 2008 M}
Foster, Caroline {1998 - 1999}
Ginther, J. Lorne {1972 - 1977} {1988 - 1990}
Graham, John Edward {1960 - 1967}
Hall, Bruce Woolfred {1960}
Hodgson, William Tickner {1957} {1957-1960 M}
Hogg, Gordon {1975 - 1983} {1983 - 1993 M}
Holt, Gerry {1963 - 1967}
Hutchinson, Louise {1985 - 1990} {1993 - 1996} {2011 - 2014}
Hynds, John {Jack) {1959 - 1970} {1970 - 1972 M}
Irwin, Ed {1959 - 1963}
James, Milton George {1971 - 1973}
Jones, Ken {1974 - 1977}
Kirstein, Tom {1978 - 1979} {1979 - 1983 M}
Knight, Megan {2014 - present}
Lawrence, William Edward (Bill) {2012 - present}
Lee, Jessie Isabel {1957 - 1964}
Lower, Margaret {1977 - 1983} {1984 - 1990}
Maggs, Maggs, Percy {1965 - 1971}
McDonald, Don {1974 - 1979 M}
McLean, Doug {1993 - 2011}er, Grant {2009 - present}
Mikelson, Mary {1996 - 2002}
Mitchell, Alexander Malcolm {1957 - 1960}
Offer, William Ralph {1957 - 1959}
Parker, Leonard {1957}
Pearson, Don {1974 - 1978}
Peddemors, Stewart {1996 - 2008}
Robinson, Larry {2011 - 2014}
Shields, William C. {1957}
Sinclair, Harold Murray (Hal) {1970 - 1972} {1973 - 1982}
SinclaiSinclair, Lynne {2008 - 2011} {2014 - present}
Staub, Hardy {1987 - 1993} {1993 - 2002 M}
Sutherland, William Thomas (Bill) {1968 - 1974}lor, William Henry {1960 - 1965}
Thompson, Derrald {1973 - 1975} {1979 - 1981}
Todd, MTodd, Matt {2002 - 2008}
Wall, Arthur Etienne {1964 - 1972} {1972 - 1974 M}
Webb, David {1983 - 1998}te, Charles Edward {1957}
Woods, Margaret {2002 - 2005}
Zack, MZack, Max {1957 - 1961}