Incumbent mayor Berry Vrbanovic has secured a second term as Kitchener’s mayor, after easily besting his three other challengers.
Vrbanovic was declared the winner Monday night, taking 85 per cent of the vote with all polls reporting. He secured 34,983 votes.
Vrbanovic was elected in 2014. He will serve the City of Kitchener for a second term.
Beyond the mayor’s race, incumbent councillor Scott Davey won in Ward 1, defeating his four other challengers. Dave Schnider was reelected in Ward 2. Incumbent John Gazzola defeated James Howe in Ward 3. Christine Michaud was elected in Ward 4. Incumbent councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock retained her seat in Ward 5.
Paul Singh won in Ward 6. Incumbent Bil Ioannidis secured Ward 7. Margaret Johnston defeated incumbent Zyg Janecki in Ward 8. Debbi Chapman was elected as new councillor in Ward 9. Incumbent Sarah Marsh secured Ward 10, defeating her only opponent, Peter Meier.
Some big changes in municipal scene, with former MPPs @Michaelharrispc and @Kathryn_McGarry winning their races. McGarry unseats 18-year incumbent mayor Doug Craig in #Cambridge, Harris becomes a regional councillor. #wrvotes
— Greg Mercer (@MercerRecord) October 23, 2018
Former MPP Kathryn McGarry defeated incumbent mayor Doug Craig in the Cambridge mayoral race. Craig has been mayor since 2000. McGarry had 13,404 votes, while Craig followed with 7,394 votes. Ben Tucci had 4,902 votes, Colin Tucker had 1,553, and Randy Carter had 836 votes.
Dave Jaworsky will return as mayor of Waterloo, getting 17,307 votes in Monday night’s election.
The City of Waterloo reported unofficial election results late Monday, putting Kelly Steiss in second place with 5,530 votes and Chris Kolednik in third place with 1,592 votes.
There are four Waterloo Region District School Board trustees for Kitchener. Joanne Weston won with 10,953 votes, Natalie Waddell with 10,663, incumbent Kathi Smith with 10,522 and Mike Ramsay with 10,391. Tracey Weiler, Greg Reitzel, Brian Schmalz and Kevin Dupuis were elected to the Waterloo Catholic District School Board by Kitchener voters.
The Region of Waterloo announced it would not declare official results in the race for regional chair until Wednesday, due to “technical difficulties.” The delay was due to voting problems in Cambridge, Woolwich and Wellesley, which prompted the city and townships to extend their poll deadlines.
The city and townships reported problems with the online voting system. Cambridge extended hours at its physical polling stations to 9 p.m.
In Waterloo Region, Wellesley and Woolwich have extended the voting period until 8 p.m. Tuesday night.