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Trail still looking for first female mayor

Diane Langman’s election last weekend as mayor of Warfield leaves only one local municipality in West Kootenay/Boundary that’s yet to have a female mayor.

In the 116 years since its incorporation, Trail has never had a female mayor.

In fact, only one woman has ever run for the position.

That was Doris Robinson in 1922 who earned 55 votes and finished last among three candidates.

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However several women have served on Trail city council and some have topped the polls.

The first woman elected mayor in the Kootenays was Emilie Popoff in Slocan City in 1947 and served two terms.

Three other women have since been mayor of Slocan: Agda Winje, Madeleine Perriere, and presently Jessica Lunn.

The full list of women who have served as mayor in our area, and their dates in office, is below.

1. Emilie Popoff, Slocan    Jan. 6, 1947 – Jan. 8, 1949
2. Agda Winje, Slocan    Jan. 3, 1972 – Dec. 4, 1978
3. Audrey Moore, Castlegar    Feb. 1977 – Dec. 1993
4. Isabel Butler, Kaslo    1978-79
5. Mabel McCrory, New Denver    Dec. 3, 1979 – Jul. 12, 1983
6. Jackie Drysdale, Rossland    1985-87
7. Rosemarie Johnson, Nakusp    Dec. 7, 1987 – Dec. 6, 1999
8. Joan Lakes, Montrose    1994 – Dec. 1996
9. Libby Nelson, Fruitvale    Dec. 1996 – Dec. 5, 2011
10. Lori Lum, Grand Forks    Dec. 6, 1999 – Dec. 2, 2002
11. Colleen Lang, Greenwood    Dec. 2, 2002 – Dec. 5, 2011
12. Marguerite Rotvold, Midway    Dec. 2005 – Dec. 2008
13. Ann Henderson, Salmo    Dec. 2005 – Dec. 2, 2014
14. Karen Hamling, Nakusp    Dec. 2005 – Present
15. Madeleine Perriere, Slocan    Dec. 10, 2008 – Dec. 8, 2014
16. Ann Bunka, New Denver    Dec. 5, 2011 – Present
17. Kathy Provan, Silverton    Dec. 5, 2011 – Dec. 2014
18. Patricia Cecchini, Fruitvale    Dec. 5, 2011 – Present
19. Kathy Moore, Rossland    Dec. 1, 2014 – Present
20. Suzan Hewat, Kaslo    Dec. 1, 2014 – Present
21. Jessica Lunn, Slocan    Dec. 8, 2014 – Present
22. Deb Kozak, Nelson    Dec. 8, 2014 – Present
23. Diane Langman, Warfield    Mar. 10, 2017 – Present

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