Fil­ion jumps back in to race

In­cum­bents have up­per hand against po­lit­i­cal new­bies

Bayview Post - - News - Ron John­son

De­spite re­cent tur­moil, there will in­deed be an elec­tion on Oct. 22, and many fa­mil­iar faces will be on the bal­lot and one long-time coun­cil­lor will not.

In Wil­low­dale, one large ward now sits where there would have been two and al­most three un­der the re­vised 47-ward sys­tem that was in place be­fore the On­tario pro­vin­cial govern­ment passed Bill 5. The cur­rent bound­aries stretch from Bayview Av­enue to the east all the way to Bathurst Street and High­way 401 up to Stee­les Av­enue.

Although there was spec­u­la­tion that David Shiner would jump back in to the race un­der the 25ward struc­ture, he con­firmed that he would not seek re-elec­tion.

That leaves John Fil­ion as the lone in­cum­bent on the Wil­low­dale ticket.

Although the long-serv­ing coun­cil­lor had in­tended to re­tire and had found two pro­gres­sive can­di­dates to carry on his work in the ward — Markus O’Brien Fehr and Lily Cheng — un­der the 25seat coun­cil, he de­ter­mined it was too risky, cit­ing can­di­dates sup­ported by spe­cial in­ter­ests, and jumped back in the race.”

“Work­ing with res­i­dents through this chaotic time, we have seen wor­thy can­di­dates like Markus O’Brien Fehr make dif­fi­cult, self­less de­ci­sions for the com­mu­nity,” Fil­ion said. “This is what is truly meant by ‘for the peo­ple,’ and it is my hope that for Wil­low­dale, even more voices will speak out and get in­volved.”

In the 2014 elec­tion, Fil­ion gar­nered 55 per cent of the vote. In an­other North York race, two in­cum­bents — James Paster­nak and Maria Augimeri — will face off against each other in York Cen­tre.

Paster­nak was first elected to of­fice in 2010 and in 2014 won re-elec­tion hand­ily with 57 per cent of the vote.

Augimeri first served as a city coun­cil­lor in the old North York in 1985 and served as the chair of the Toronto Tran­sit Com­mis­sion in 2014.

Her re-elec­tion in 2014 was some­what close; although, she did win com­fort­ably with 42 per cent of the vote.

It will be a close, as will many where in­cum­bents are matched up against each other in what some are de­scrib­ing as Doug Ford’s ver­sion of The Hunger Games.

Fil­ion stressed the im­por­tance of this elec­tion.

“Now more than ever, we need to come to­gether to elect coun­cil­lors we can trust to guide us through this dif­fi­cult time in our city’s his­tory,” said Fil­ion. —

John Fil­ion has reg­is­tered and will seek re-elec­tion to rep­re­sent Wil­low­dale at city coun­cil

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