Local NDP stars shine light on Story

Jennifer Story and her sons at her victory party last night.
Jennifer Story and her sons at her victory party last night.

Backed by NDP stalwarts Peter Tabuns and Paula Fletcher, newcomer Jennifer Story soundly defeated trustee incumbent Cathy Dandy yesterday in the race for TDSB trustee representing Toronto-Danforth.

In one of the more interesting Toronto school board races this election, many were surprised to see the local New Democratic establishment’s support shift from Dandy to Story in the heavily NDP-influenced ward. With the public support of MPP Tabuns and neighbouring Ward 30 councillor Fletcher, Story won with 49 per cent of the vote, or 18,019 votes. Dandy had just over half that — 9,893 votes, or 27 per cent of the total.

At her victory party, Story said she will focus on bringing stability to the board.

“We have some incredibly hard work to do at the TDSB,” she said, after being introduced by Fletcher to the roaring approval of the crowd. With Tabuns at her side, she said she believes his endorsement helped her a great deal because of how well-respected he is by voters in the area.