Voters in ward 2 are sending Sandra Hollingsworth to fill the vacant seat in that Ward left from Terry Sheehan being elected MP last fall.
Hollingsworth was behind Luke Dufour, who took the lead out of the gate once the polls closed at 8pm Monday. But she moved into first place as half the ballots were counted and didn’t look back.
Hollingsworth worked for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto and Vancouver, in business strategy, for over 10 years and led the Research and Education Foundation for the College of Family Physicians of Canada for 8 years according to her press release.
In all 9 candidates were vying for the seat including the controversial Ron Schinners who conceded the election before the polls closed in a press release sent out early this evening. “This is not their first kick at the can here.” states Schinners, “All other candidates complied with the rules and regulations as set out by the City Clerk. The rules are the rules and no one should be above the law. They’ve been given an unfair advantage. It costs a lot of money for candidates to build wooden bases for their large signs, as well as transporting, setting up and tearing down. Some people can afford it, most can’t.” Schinners said.
Schinners placed 8th with 30 votes counted.
John Duke placed a distant 6th after taking third in the last municipal election in 2014. Council could have appointed Duke for the seat however decided to hold a by-election instead.
Andy Martens who ran in ward one during the municipal election placed last with just 9 votes unofficially.
David Poluck who also ran in the last municipal election in the ward 3 race released the following:
I would like to personally congratulate Sandra Hollingsworth her election in Ward 2 and wish her every success in representation of the people.
I also would like to thank at this time all of the volunteers who each contributed time and input into the “Act for Change “campaign. Truly it was a group effort.
Lastly thank you to all of those that voted for me.
As for myself I will continue on with the Sault Association of Ratepayers and become more active with the Sault Ste Marie Chamber of Commerce.
According to the city’s website, Hollingsworth took 768 votes with 33 out of 33 polls.
Luke Dufour, the youngest candidate in the race placed a close second with 636 votes counted. Susan Milne placed third with 427 votes while businessman Les Weeks took 336.
Former ward 2 councillor Jody Curran placed fourth with 382 votes.
Low voter turnout in this by-election with only 30% of the 9,535 voters casting ballots.
FINAL RESULTS POSTED AT 9:06 PM MONDAY