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Hudson

Prevost elected mayor in Hudson

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This story has been updated.

Ed Prévost won a decisive victory in Hudson’s election on Sunday, taking 75.7 per cent of the vote.

“I think you’re going to see big changes. It’s going to be much more open, more interactive, much more informed, more transparent, very accountable – no question about that,” Prévost said.

Mayoral candidate Jacques Bourgeois received 464 votes, for just over 24 per cent of the vote.

“I didn’t expect this kind of result, honestly, because the opposition had done a lot of work and homework. But I guess it boils down to who people felt most comfortable with to lead them back to where they want to go,” Prévost said.

“I can’t make promises right now, because I don’t know what we’re going to have to deal with,” he added.

The town has been under police investigation since an internal review revealed missing money and allegedly improper pay deductions.

Michael Elliott, the town’s former mayor, resigned in June. He was later discovered to owe $64,800 in unpaid property taxes dating back to 2004.

Four agencies — including Revenu Quebec and the province’s permanent anti-corruption unit — are now conducting three separate investigations in the town.

Voter turnout was high — 47.4 per cent — and the investigations seem to have sparked greater citizen interest in the election, mayoral candidates said.

Two weeks before the election, public safety officials turned away dozens of voters as others huddled around open windows to listen in on a candidates’ debate at the town’s full-to-capacity community centre.

Turnout at advance polls was also much higher than in past elections, the town’s returning officer said.

“The real work begins next Monday,” Prévost said. Alongside the six councillors elected on Sunday, the new mayor will be sworn in on Nov. 11.

Here are the detailed results of the vote:

Mayoral race:
Ed Prévost: 1,448 Elected
Jacques Bourgeois:464

District 1 (Como):
Robert Spencer (incumbent): 142 – Elected
Peter Robinson: 113
Elaine Depow: 52

District 2 (Hudson East):
Ron Goldenberg: 193 – Elected
Stanley Belczowski: 98
Normand Blain: 16

District 3 (Hudson Centre):
Nicole Durand: 130 – Elected
Jim McDermott: 119
Hicks Francis: 49

District 4 (Fairhaven):
Barbara Robinson: 195 – Elected
Véronique Fischer: 113

District 5 (Heights-East): 
Deborah Woodhead: 250 – Elected
William Driver: 141

District 6 (West):
Natalie Best: 248 – Elected
Brian Grubert: 107

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