Irek Kusmierczyk Is Ward 7’s New City Councillor
Monday December 9th, 2013
Posted at 10:25pm
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The City of Windsor has elected a new city councillor in the Ward 7 by-election that was held on Monday.
Irek Kusmierczyk won the vacant Ward 7 Windsor City Council seat. Former Ward 7 councillor Percy Hatfield has left the position in favour of an NDP MPP spot for Windsor-Essex.
The results were tight with Kusmierczyk winning with 1140 votes next to the runner up Angelo Marignani’s 1088 out of a total 3642 votes.
“We really gave Ward 7 and the City of Windsor a Thrilla in Manila you could say, right down to the wire,” said Kusmierczyk. “It’s been an amazing race, amazing experience and this is something I’ll never forget.”
Kusmierczyk won the position over 10 other candidates in the running. Ernie the Baconman, Tosin Bello, Robert Bialkowski, Steve Farrell, Robin Fortier, Stavros Gavrilidis, Laurie Komon, Angelo Marignani, Clint Weir and Tom Wilson all vied for the position.
The Ward 7 district encompasses an area from Riverside Drive to Forest Glade, including the WFCU Centre where the election event was held.
One of the first items on Kusmierczyk’s agenda for the next year will be a new bus stop on Radcliff Avenue “so people won’t have to walk a kilometer in the snow to get to a bus. That’s sort of the first things I am going to focus on.”
“We are pleased with the way the election took place today. There were no hiccups throughout the day. The results speak for themselves,” said Steve Vlachodimos, Deputy City Clerk for the City of Windsor. “Well 21 per cent, if you look at the previous bi-election results in 1999 it was 22 per cent, in 2002 we had a bi-election and it was 17 percent. So we have a 21 per cent so it’s pretty much in line with previous bi-elections.”
Councillor-elect Kusmierczyk will serve the remainder of the term until next year’s regularly scheduled City Council election on October 27th, 2014.