The outgoing Mayor of Fernie felt she had lost the election as early as the city’s all candidates forum.
Mary Giuliano says she didn’t know half of the nearly 500 people who came out to the election forum, despite serving in office for the past 16 years.
She’s disappointed she will no longer be the city’s Mayor, as she had several projects she was hoping to tackle if re-elected.
“I had plans for affordable housing and wanting to fight for a new school,” Giuliano says. “There were just things that I really wanted to work at that I felt that with my connections that I had built up over the years, I could really help to make happen.”
Giuliano hopes the new council will address issues around Isabella Dicken Elementary and the need for housing moving forward.
“The City of Fernie is made up of all age groups and different economical status,” Giuliano says. “As long as they remember that the community is whole when we include everybody and remember to take care of everybody, I think they will do great.”
Giuliano received the least amount of votes in Fernie’s mayoral race, after a staggering 65.3 per cent voter turnout for the election.
Fernie’s new mayor-elect Ange Qualizza will be appointed to the role at a later date.
Giuliano says the community hasn’t seen the last of her.
She plans to remain heavily involved in the community through volunteer work and other projects.
– Outgoing Fernie Mayor, Mary Giuliano