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It didn’t take more than the results from a couple of ballot boxes before it became apparent that Malcolm Brodie was going to return as Mayor of the City of Richmond.
While he’s been mayor of the city since 2001, his legacy may be determined by the decisions he makes in the next four years.
That’s because council appears divided down the middle—at least on the issue of big houses on farmland—with Harold Steves, Carol Day, Kelly Greene, and Michael Wolfe on one side, and Bill McNulty, Linda McPhail, Chak Au and Alexa Loo on the other.
That means Brodie is in a position to cast the deciding vote. And judging from comments by FarmWatch on Twitter, they're expecting the housing on farmland issue to be promptly addressed by the new council.
"We have officially voted against mega mansions on #farmland in #RichmondBC," Farmwatch tweeted Saturday night.
Added Harold Steves through his Twitter account (@Harold_Steves): "Thank you #RichmondBC for electing Kelly Greene and Michael Wolfe and re-electing Carol Day and myself on Richmond Council under the leadership of Mayor Malcolm Brodie. It is going to be a pivotal point in Richmond history as we deal with both mega-mansions and affordability."
Save Farmland (@SAVEFARMLAND) tweeted about its expectation of how Brodie would be voting: "And 4 farmland defenders elected to council positions, with Brodie=5 going to reduce size of houses on #ALR!"
With all 44 voting places reporting, Brodie garnered more than 30,400 votes, topping his numbers from the last two elections, when he received 27,149 in 2014 and 20,955 in 2011.
Richmond lawyer Hong Guo seemed to spend a fair amount of money on this campaign, but that didn’t pay off. She finished a distant fourth, with 2,940 votes, behind Roy Sakata, who finished with 7,942 votes, and Donald Flintoff, who garnered more than 4,204.