There was little doubt who would win the Markham mayoral race, even while challenger Steven Chen piled up more votes than many expected. But the 45,000 vote margin enjoyed by the incumbent mayor left little doubt that most people were pretty happy with the leadership Frank Scarpitti has delivered over the last four years.
The hotly contested regional councillor seats (there were four up for grabs) saw incumbent Ward 3 Councillor Don Hamilton rocket to the front of the 12-person pack to be named deputy mayor, edging out Jack Heath, Joe Li and Jim Jones, who also were elected. Incumbent Nirmala Armstrong was denied a return term.
Also cruising to a big victory was Karen Rea in Ward 4, where the result was never in doubt from the opening poll. Amanda Collucci (Ward 6) Khalid Usman (Ward 7) and Alan Ho were also returned to their seats.
The newbies were many though and they will, collectively, reshape council dramatically. Keith Irish bested a surprisingly strong showing by Howard Shore. Reid McAlpine easily took the vacated Ward 3 seat, while Andrew Keyes pulled off the win of the night beating out 12 other candidates in the open Ward 5 seat vacated by Colin Campbell. Isa Lee saw a convincing win in Ward 8.
Public school trustees include Aviva Polonsky, Ron Lynn, Alan Tam and Juanita Nathan.
Main photo: Frank Scarpitti gets ready for his fourth straight term as Markham mayor.