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By JULIET KADZVITI and MIRANDA BRUMWELL
Frank Campion is the new mayor of Welland. He beat out John Watt and incumbent
Barry Sharpe with approximately 59.95 per cent of the vote after 14 out of 15 polling stations’ votes were counted early this evening.
"Being mayor feels really good right now,” Campion said, adding, "I can't wait to get started."
Campion and Sharpe have a long history of council scuffles but Campion commended
Sharpe for a race well run.
"Barry Sharpe and I had our issues in council. That's politics. Barry ran a very clean, gentlemanly campaign. Barry has also acted in the best interest (in his mind) for the community.”
Sharpe, when asked about his future plans, said, “Immediately, there is a month of transition. Making sure projects are handed off properly. It's the end of my 11-year municipal career and I'm grateful.”
Campion, speaking at Casa Dante, thanked all the people...
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By BECKI CREWE, CHRIS PERRELLI, DAVID CHERNISH and LUCA GUARDARI
“Just as we did in 2010 and now again in 2014, we chose the right, the obvious and the only legitimate candidate to lead our city as mayor,” said Lou Vescio, Jim Diodati’s campaign manager as results rolled in early and heavily in his favour Monday night.
Diodati held onto his Niagara Falls mayor’s post with a landslide victory in the 2014 municipal election.
Diodati, now entering his second four-year tenure as mayor, won the election with 84.3 per cent of the votes against Connie Topolinsky, John Beam and Joseph Mikos.
In his victory speech, Diodati said, “Some people would say, ‘You couldn’t have been nervous this time because the last contest you had a tough race against an incumbent’.”
“Honestly, the truth is, the feelings are the same: you get the same butterflies, the same nervousness, the same energy and anxiety....
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Niagara region election results as they come in.
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By JAMIE BURTON
What began as a close race for mayor of St. Catharines evolved into a victory for Walter Sendzik over rival Jeff Burch Monday night.
The atmosphere in Sendzik's campaign party at Holiday Inn was electric as cheers climbed louder and louder as each round of results was announced.
Sendzik received 40.19 per cent of the vote. Burch was second at 36.41 per cent.
With Sendzik confirmed as the winner, besting four opponents, supporters crowded the door shouting, "Walter, Walter" until he walked in.
Sendzik won on a platform that involves keeping jobs in St. Catharines, saying he wants a city where "my kids and everyone's kids can grow up and stay" and not have to leave for other jobs.
"We are going to see some fantastic things happen in this city," said Sendzik, tears of joy in his eyes. "I'm emotional right now because this is how you build a...
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By JULIET KADZVITI
The municipal elections are less than a week away, Oct. 27, and Niagara College students confess to being uninformed about the issues.
“At this point in time, I’m thinking that only a couple of them really fully understand that there’s elections going on,” said Charles Burley, the Student Administrative Council (SAC) director of social programming.
“We really need to get the message across, for sure, that they need to know what’s going on.”
Some students are not sure whether or not they will vote. William Neprily, in the Computer Engineering Technician program, said, “I would like to say yes, but honestly I don’t even know when the day is. So when it comes around I’m probably going to forget.”
Christopher Butterworth, in the Computer Engineering Technician said that he is not planning to vote.
“I don’t think there’s enough awareness about it. I mean, I haven’t heard many details about...
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By COLIN KASPER, DAVIS GILBERT, BAYLEY NARGANG and KEVAN DOWD
There will be a new man wearing the chain of mayor’s office in Niagara-on-the-Lake following tonight’s final vote count.
Patrick Darte defeated incumbent Mayor David Eke. Voters handed the title of Lord Mayor to Darte, who received an unofficial 57.12 per cent of the vote.
Election results were announced at approximately 9 p.m. The Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre was abuzz as the 2014 municipal elections returns began coming in shortly after 8 p.m. A steady stream of voters showed up to support their chosen candidates for differing positions in their municipal government.
About his victory, Darte noted, “I'm finally happy and relaxed. ... Everyone wanted a change.”
Former Lord Mayor Gary Burroughs retained the regional councillor’s post by 64.25 per cent of votes.
Before the results came through, Burroughs said, “[I'm] nervous, just like always. I've been in four or five previous elections and...
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By JOEL OPHARDT AND ZACHARY SALVERDA
Niagara College students share how they plan to vote.