11/03/2014 04:40 EST | Updated 01/03/2015 05:59 EST

Bill Martin defeats Basil Stewart in Summerside

Basil Stewart's long reign as mayor of Summerside ended in election defeat Monday.

Challenger Bill Martin, a local businessman, enjoyed a strong lead throughout the night, taking about two-thirds of the votes.

Preliminary results from Elections P.E.I. were:

- Martin: 4,614.

- Stewart: 2,092.

Supporters began gathering at Stewart's house within 90 minutes of the polls' closing to tell him they have enjoyed working with him.

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Stewart has been mayor of Summerside since 1985. He had said that this would be his last election.