|Goodbye, Mammoliti! :-)|
The voters have spoken: the majority of them must be happy with his performance as mayor, as they are presumably happy with the cost of living in this city, the state of transit, road infrastructure, and housing.
Or perhaps they simply know him very well and Jennifer Keesmaat, who launched her campaign in late July, didn't have enough time to get her message out and her name out there. The race was also hijacked by Doug Ford's ward-changing shenanigans, leaving only about one month for candidates to campaign without that major distraction.
It was too high a hill to climb in so short a time. Regardless, I hope Keesmaat will stay involved in politics and continue to promote a better city. And hopefully Tory will steal some of her great ideas for making the city better.
Congrats as well to Kristyn Wong-Tam, an awesome queer woman of colour who won easy re-election in my ward of Toronto Centre.
Looking around the various ward elections, it's a mixed bag of results with some folks I don't respect much winning, while others I adore also winning.
The stand-out silver lining tonight is the much-deserved defeat of the buffoonish, repulsive Giorgio Mammoliti, who has been a thorn in the side of all decent people in Toronto for too long.
This is a jerk who's made a career of attacking vulnerable people and spreading hate. His contributions to public life are a joke, yet he continued to win because incumbents are damn hard to beat in municipal elections where name recognition means a lot.
Thankfully, the voters of his Ward 7 in Humber River-Black Creek finally sent him packing, electing instead Anthony Perruzza, the other incumbent in the area.
In a funny way, this is solely because Doug Ford reduced the size of council from 47 to 25. Had that not happened, I'm sure the horrid Mammolit would've won his smaller ward. How ironic!