Davis walks away with Ward 31

Janet Davis says she’s “thrilled” that voters in Ward 31/Beaches-East York have returned her to council for a fourth term.

“We had four serious candidates who were running against me,” she said Monday night at her victory celebration at Hirut restaurant on Danforth Avenue, adding that she’s “really just so excited” about earning over 60 per cent of the ballots cast.

Davis ended up with 12,697 votes — 9,674 more than closest contender George Papadakis, who had 3,023 votes, or 14 per cent of the total.

At the celebration, Davis thanked her staff for all their hard work, saying the win is “a testament to the amazing work that my staff do every single day to provide good customer service, and I heard about that every day on the doorstep.”

“So working hard, working together with communities and building the kind of city we want is what I want to continue to do,” she said, “and I have a strong mandate for Ward 31 to do that.”

Davis’s said her first order of business this term is to focus on the younger generation.

“I know there’s a compensation on the way on childcare,” she said. “That’s my area of specialty for several decades. I’ve been a childcare activist. I heard loudly and clearly on the doorstep on Ward 31 that we need more affordable childcare.”