Andre described his experience as “challenging.” In an interview with the East York Observer, he said “my desire and my passion to serve the community does not end here. I will continue to find ways to contribute.”
Incumbent Toronto-Danforth councillor Mary Fragedakis left two rivals with especially high hopes in the dust tonight as she gathered more than 60 per cent of the vote in a six-candidate field. Community activist Dave Andre had run a high-profile campaign, and former East York councillor John Papadakis had hoped for a comeback after serving one term on what was then borough council 20 years ago. Andre came in a poor second, with 25 per cent of the vote. Papadakis came in third, with just under 10 per cent.
First-time Toronto-Danforth council candidate Dave Andre has chosen a distinctive colour for his election signs – black. “I did have some sense of what the incumbent’s colours would be, so I wanted to … contrast,” Andre said. “Black wasn’t a colour that was used often from a political perspective, so it just seemed to really stand out.”
On a sunny Thursday afternoon, Helen Papadakis, 72, organizes the papers, business cards and flyers laid on the front desk at the John Papadakis campaign office in Ward 29. “I open the office, answer calls and speak with Greek people who don’t speak English,” she said. It’s part of her role in her son’s campaign to listen to constituents’ problems and to establish a general rapport with voters ahead of the Oct. 27 municipal election.