Upset in Toronto-Danforth school board race as Story beats Dandy

For Jennifer Story, it’s a story with a happy ending.

For Cathy Dandy, not so much.

In one of tonight’s big municipal election upsets, Story beat out incumbent Dandy for the post of Toronto-Danforth public school trustee. She finished with 18,019 votes, or 49 per cent of the total ballots cast. Dandy trailed with 9,893 votes, or 27 per cent of the total 36,356 votes.

“As your trustee, I will keep a laser sharp focus on helping children, family, and schools succeed,” Story said on her website.

Dandy had been credited with innovations like late-start high school to match teenage “biorhythms.” But after previously enjoying the support of the local NDP establishment, she lost the New Democrats’ support to Story.

Meanwhile, the story was happier for Ward 29/Toronto-Danforth incumbent Mary Fragedakis, who handily scooped up 59 per cent of the total, or 11,904 votes. Dave Andre came in second with 4,950 votes, or 24 per cent of the total 20,059 votes cast.