Robert Grimaudo new Saint-lazare mayor
Holiday, good weather blamed for low voter turnout
But with such a low voter turnout, Carzoli feels Grimaudo does not have a clear mandate.
“Nobody can say they represent the town when just 19 percent of voters come out,” he noted.
Asked if he thinks the new mayor will be successful in uniting the long-divided council, Carzoli was less than optimistic.
“From what I see it’s going to keep going the same way. There will be continued dissent in council,” he said.
Carzoli could not say if he plans to run in the next general election.
But Grimaudo has at least one vote of confidence from political rival Benoît Tremblay, who was pleasantly surprised by how many people voted for him.
“I’m very happy about the results,” he said Monday morning, adding, “I think Mr. Grimaudo will make a fine mayor. He ran a good campaign.”
Tremblay, who met and spoke with Grimaudo at city hall and called the new mayor “a gentleman,” said he thinks Grimaudo has what it takes to get the job done.
“I will send him a letter to offer my cooperation and to congratulate him,” Tremblay said.
Campaigning door to door, Tremblay said he had a sense Grimaudo was going to win.
Many voters, he said, expressed “a lot of anger and resentment toward Carzoli, who he feels did not read voters well when deciding to again seek the mayor’s seat.
Tremblay also thinks time may be running out for the town councillors in the majority - Brigitte Asselin, Michel Lambert, JeanClaude Gauthier and Jean-Pierre Giguère.
“They have made a serious error of assessing the people’s mood,” when publicly supporting Carzoli, he opined.
And Tremblay feels so strongly that Grimaudo can make a difference the he’s ready to run as a councillor in his district as a member of Grimaudo’s team during the next general election.
“If he already has someone in mind (for the team) that’s fine, I’ll still run and if I win I will support him,” Tremblay, a lawyer who works for First Nation communities, said.
Saint-Lazare called a by-election after mayor Pierre Kary stepped down in April for health and professional reasons. Kary had publicly supported Grimaudo during his campaign.
Just under 20percent of voters turned out to vote Sunday in Saint-Lazare’s by-election.