Pamela Goldsmith-Jones has been reelected as mayor of West Vancouver, easily defeating former councillors John Clark and Vivian Vaughan.
Goldsmith-Jones, who was first elected mayor in 2005, went into the contest with some high-profile endorsements. She was the choice of West Vancouver Citizens for Good Government, an unregistered group that vets candidates and charges for its endorsements.
In addition, Goldsmith-Jones was endorsed by well-known local citizens such as broadcaster Vicki Gabereau, novelist Douglas Coupland, artist Gordon Smith, as well as former and current politicians.
Goldsmith-Jones paid West Vancouver Citizens for Good Government a $1,000 fee; those who were endorsed for council paid $900. One candidate, Michael Lewis, filed a complaint to the chief electoral officer in West Vancouver because the group hasn't registered itself as a political party.
During her campaign, Goldsmith-Jones emphasized her strong support for the arts and her belief that West Vancouver must consider piloting new forms of housing to increase the diversity of options for residents as they age.
She has positioned herself as a supporter of the environment, promoting better cycling. But she disappointed some when she eventually backed down from a battle with the provincial government over the destruction of Eagleridge Bluffs to clear the way for an overland route for the Sea to Sky Highway.
Clark, a three-term councillor and the owner of a men's clothing store, emphasized his strong business background. He is a former president of the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and has been a proponent of a third crossing to alleviate traffic on the Lions Gate Bridge.
Vaughan, a retired mechanical engineer, was first elected to council in 2005. A strong environmentalist, she advocated for reducing West Vancouver's carbon footprint by introducing incentives for the use of solar panels and low-energy building designs.