The polls have closed: incumbent mayor Lisa Helps has been re-elected for a second term in the 2018 civic elections.

Throughout her re-election campaign, she has been endorsed by three downtown businesses, but heavily criticized by several others.

In the 2014 municipal elections, Helps won by a narrow margin against incumbent mayor Dean Fortin.

Her campaign platform this year includes childcare, transportation, and food affordability, sustainable economic development, reduction of greenhouse gases , and more public consultation

Helps campaigned against major players Stephen Hammond, Bruce McGuigan, Michael Geoghegan and several others.

She won the 2018 municipal elections by 43.13%, garnering 12,512 votes. In comparison, Hammond received 8,619 votes, Geoghegan got 4,266 votes, and McGuigan received 2,356 votes.

The city also has 8 councillors, several of whom are incumbent and will be serving their second terms in office.

Councillor Candidates (29 candidates running for 8 positions)

In answer to the question of whether or community members were in favour of creating a  $250,000 Citizens Assembly to access the costs, benefits, and disadvantages of an amalgamation between the municipalities of Victoria and Saanich: 66.49% people voted yes.

43.5% of the estimated eligible voter population turned out to vote in the 2018 civic elections in Victoria.

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