Despite keeping a low profile throughout the election, incumbent Ron Moeser is on his way back to city hall as Ward 44’s representative.
He held a private function at his Port Union home on Monday night, inviting only friends and family.
Moeser declined to comment at his front door, but sent a statement to the Observer via email.
“I realize once again this was a close race,” he said. “With your support, we will build a better Toronto.”
Earlier in the evening but late in the counting, Moeser led challenger Diana Hall by only 37 votes with 98 per cent of the ballots tallied.
His lead remained slim: he beat Hall by less than 200 votes. Hall — who had a clear lead halfway through the tally — almost won the ward in 2006.
Moeser thanked those who voted for him. He has represented the area for 18 years, but was voted out of council once before.
“Needless to say, we are very excited,” said an exasperated friend at Moeser’s home.
It is very sad where the ward keeps electing a do nothing councillor… The voters of ward 44 voted for the status quo while the city voted for change. The last 3 elections more people voted against this councillor than for him but we cannot get rid of him. I expect he will do nothing for the next 4 years… A sad day for ward 44.
I was so sad when the results first said that your challenger had won YOUR seat….congrats I’m now happy…thanks for the work you do and keep up the good work…Ossie