The count has begun for the Terrace 2014 municipal election.

The count has begun

The doors have closed at the Terrace sportsplex as the count has begun

COUNTERS are now working their way through the ballots cast today for the 2014 Terrace municipal election.

The doors have closed at the Terrace Sportsplex where all day voters have filed in to choose the city’s next mayor and the six people who will become councillors.

Early reports are that the turnout was healthy over the 12 hours of voting which began at 8 a.m.

A small turnout for the first advance poll on Nov. 5 was followed by larger turnout for the second advance voting day of Nov. 12.

There are eight counting tables at the Sportsplex with two counters at each table.

Former Terrace city councillor Carol Leclerc is running against current city councillor Bruce Bidgood for the mayor’s seat while 12 people are in the running for the six councillor seats.

Leclerc and her supporters have gathered at Mumford’s Beerhouse and Grill while Bidgood and his supporters are at the Xanders coffee shop.

One idea of how this campaign has resulted in unofficial coalitions may rest in which council candidates are with mayoral candidates.

At Xanders, Bidgood has been joined by Lynne Christiansen, James Cordeiro, Craig Lyons, Jessica McCallum-Miller, Michael Prevost and Stacey Tyers.

Another candidate, Allan McIntyre, was there briefly to shake hands before departing.