Corrie DiManno has been returned as the chief elected officer of the Town of Banff, with 1,096 votes. Mayoral candidate and former councillor Brian Standish received 500 votes, while Karen Thomas received 432 votes and Garry Gilmour received 32 votes in the unofficial tabulation released Monday night. Official results are confirmed on Friday, Oct. 22.
Dimanno was first elected to Banff Town Council in 2013 and re-elected as a councillor in 2017. In August 2021, DiManno was appointed mayor by her council colleagues after former mayor Karen Sorensen resigned from the chief elected official position, upon being appointed to the Canadian Senate in July 2021.
Fourteen council candidates, including three incumbents, were in the race for the six council positions. Three incumbents were re-elected – Ted Christensen, Grant Canning, and Chip Olver – will return to the council table for the next four years. Joining them will be first-term councillors Barb Pelham, Kaylee Ram, and Hugh Pettigrew.
The new Banff Town Council will be sworn in on Monday, October 25 at 2 p.m.
The total number of residents casting a ballot for Banff Town Council in the 2021 municipal election was 2,090. In 2017, there were 2,215 votes. In 2013, 1,878 voted. The most recent municipal census in 2017 registered a population of 8,865 people, but there is no certainty of the current total population or eligible voters, especially with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the resort community.
This year, 828 votes were cast on the Advance Voting days and 1,217 on the October 18 Election Day. There were 39 Special Ballots received.
Full election results are available at http://Banff.ca/electionresults. Please note these are the unofficial results. Official results will be posted by the returning officer at noon on October 22.
Candidates for Mayor Number of Votes Received Elected (✔) No Incumbent
Corrie DiManno 1,096 ✔
Garry Gilmour 32
Brian James Standish 500
Karen Marlene Thomas 432
Candidates for Councillor Number of Votes Received Elected (✔) Incumbent (✶)
Jessia C. Arsenio 447
Allan Buckingham 790
Grant Canning 879 ✔ ✶
Ted Christensen 901 ✔ ✶
Stephanie Ferracuti 624
Dana Humbert 512
Chip (Cheryl) Olver 876 ✔ ✶
Barb Pelham 1,251 ✔
Hugh Pettigrew 831 ✔
Kaylee Ram 1,146 ✔
Shawn Rapley 494
Kerry-Lee Schultheis 183
Mark Walker 631
Lesley Young 392
For more information, contact:
Jason Darrah, Communications Director
Town of Banff
Office: 403.762.1207 Mobile: 403.431.2307