Drumheller has a new mayor-elect.
Heather Colberg claimed the head spot on town council on Monday, outpolling councillor Sharel Shoff by a margin of four to one.
"I was surrounded by some great family and friends and we just kept watching and waiting," she recounted. "So yeah, it was a tough day: I couldn't control anything, I was just on a waiting moment, yeah it was hard."
Colberg captured 1982 of the 2432 votes cast to win by one of the largest margins in recent years. She's joined by three other political neophytes, Fred Makowecki, Tony Lacher and Kristyne DeMott, along with veteran councillors Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk, Jay Garbutt and Tom Zariski.
"We've got experience, we've got youth, we've got financial knowledge, we've got community," enthused Colberg. "It's going to be exciting times ahead: I am so looking forward to the future."
So, what does the mayor-elect hope to accompish in her four year term?
"My goal is to really work on that 700 plus list so that we can show the people that we are listening and we do want to do the things that they're asking for; and I really, truly would love after four years that people just say I am so proud to live in Drumheller."
Just under 43 per cent of the valley's 5665 eligible voters turned out on Monday, a big jump over the last election.
It should be noted that all results are considered unofficial until October 20. The next scheduled meeting of council, with swearing in, is scheduled for October 30.