Kennedy victorious in East York/Ward 11

The votes are tabulated and Angela Kennedy has been re-elected as a Toronto Catholic District School Board Trustee.
Despite a scandal in Kennedy’s last term as East York/Ward 11 trustee, involving a conflict of interest concerning her children who are employees of the board, she was victorious, taking 47 per cent of the vote.
Kevin Morrison, who received 33 per cent of the vote, followed her closely but could not defeat the tarnished Kennedy with his campaign for transparency and trust. Brad McCabe and Ryan Ward were underdogs in this race, and barley made a dent in terms of votes. McCabe managed to receive 11 per cent of the vote, while Ward netted just eight per cent.
Kennedy plans to enact policy changes ensuring that employee spending is monitored and her budget is available to the public. She also wants to use her experience to continue communicating with parents and the community effectively.
The Toronto District School Board incumbents were all re-elected with large leads in the polls from the beginning.
Gerri Gershon re-took her seat as trustee with 69 per cent of the vote. The Ward 13/Don Valley West riding was decided early on with percentages remaining the same throughout the evening. Muhammad Shahid garnered 31 per cent of ballots cast.
Gershon appealed to the community with her fight to keep schools open and a focus on all-day kindergarten, emphasis on making students into global citizens and keeping teachers updated on new technology.
In Ward 15/Toronto-Danforth Cathy Dandy has also maintained her position as school board trustee. She won the race with a landslide 75 per cent of the vote.  While Nadeem Jilani only managed to take 25 per cent of the vote, his race was also decided early.
Dandy’s campaign focused on green initiatives. She wants to repurpose unused school spaces for other government initiatives such as mental health and seniors’ services. She also thinks that “excess space” can be used to create community gardens and green-space.
Sheila Cary-Meagher also easily re-took her seat in Ward 16/Beaches East York. She gained an early lead, ending up with 60 per cent of the vote.
Matthew Kennedy followed with 23 per cent of the vote, and Alan Burke earned just 17 per cent of voters’ support.
Cary-Meagher’s campaign also focused on a greener future and giving more access to children living in poverty. She will fight for environmental sustainability in public schools and also to keep unused school space, calling the plan to sell buildings “short-sighted and misguided.”

One comment:

  1. This article is so full or errors don’t know where to start. First, not all toronto trustee incumbents were re-elected (see Scott Harrison?).
    Not all had large leads, stephanie payne led by less than 100 votes.

    Also, Gerri Gershon supports school closings as a member of the right of centre board faction.

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