Elections in Richmond Hill, Ontario

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Municipal elections in Richmond Hill, Ontario are held every four years, concurrent with other municipal elections in Ontario. Historically, elections were held more often. Elected positions include mayor, regional and local councillor and ward councillors (for six different wards) on the Richmond Hill Town Council, as well as trustees for the York Region District School Board, the York Catholic District School Board and for a Conseillere for the Conseil Scholare de District de Centre SudOuest.

1873 election[edit]

The first election in Richmond Hill was held January 6, 1873, just after its incorporation as a village.[1] The campaign focused on the need to build a new high school as the one built in the 1850s was becoming crowded.

Abraham Law, elected the first reeve of Richmond Hill

The vote tallies were (elected candidates bolded):

Reeve Votes Councillors Votes
Abraham Law 56 William Warren 98
Andrew McNair 47 Jacob Brillinger 83
Dr. John Duncumb 5 William Powell 77
David Hopkins 62
James Freek 58
J.R. Arnold 42

1985 election[edit]

Concurrent with the 1985 election, two plebiscites were held, one relating to the ward system and one relating to Nuclear-free zones.[2] Voters rejected the new ward system 5057 to 5460 and endorsed the nuclear-free zone declaration 7073 to 3272. Low voter turnout was credited to the poor weather and the lack of a mayoral race.[3]

Mayor Votes Local and Regional Councillor Votes Ward 1 Votes Ward 2 Votes Ward 3 Votes Ward 4 Votes Ward 5 Votes Ward 6 Votes
Al Duffy Accl. Gordon Rowe 4890 Tom Simpson 681 Doug Smith 1455 William F. Bell 1042 Gail Blackburn 1345 Bob Case 1108 Bryon Wilfert 810
Lois Hancey 6232 Bill Corcoran 3468 Frank Gallant 1058 Terence Munsey 128 Paul Hunter 585 Bernie Gaten 755 Nick Papa 333
David Amos 2814 Larry Ashton 207 James Justin Hogan 106 Gerry O'Donnell 313 Frank Cavallo 381
Steven Rotman 747 John Fearon 44 Joe Pacitto 151

1988 election[edit]

The election was held Monday, November 14, 1988.[4][5] Issues in the election included the rapid building of houses in Richmond Hill which many felt had outpaced the growth of corresponding services.[6] The relationship between the town councillors and developers had also been the subject of controversy.[7]

Mayor Votes Local and Regional Councillor Votes Ward 1 Votes Ward 2 Votes Ward 3 Votes Ward 4 Votes Ward 5 Votes Ward 6 Votes
William Bell 8887 Frank Endean 6277 Tom Simpson 1737 Janet Mabley 1901 David Cohen 1456 Gail Blackburn 2466 Catherine Bishop 1907 Bryon Wilfert 1479
Al Duffy 5386 Lois Hancey 6002 Bonnie Tiffin 589 Nicholas Legge 802 Bronwyn Frazer 976 Dennis Chris 919 Nick Papa 1636 Rosario DeGregorio 671
Isabelle Gargarella 4811 Linda Christie 5940 David Amos 530 Terence Munsey 433 Nick Negri 322
Bill Monroe 4407 Joanne Leroux-Willison 138 Stephen Kaye 350
Robert Cage 3749
Larry Ashton 1165

1991 election[edit]

One of the main issue of the 1991 election was plans to scrap the building of a large civic centre in the downtown area, and instead lease office space in Beaver Creek Industrial Park for that purpose, and build a single purpose library downtown instead of integrating it into a multi-purpose facility.[8]

2003 election[edit]

The 2003 election was held on November 12, 2003.

Mayor[9] Votes Local and Regional Councillor Votes Ward 1[10] Votes Ward 2[11] Votes Ward 3[12] Votes Ward 4[13] Votes Ward 5[14] Votes Ward 6[15] Votes
William Bell 2373 Vito Spatafora 2052 Arnie Warner 2027 David Cohen 1750 Lynn Foster 1830 Elio Di Iorio 2420 Joe Di Paola 1444
William Lazenby 917 Vince Agozzino 2006 Gary Schecter 614 Agnes Chan-Wong 1257 Bruce Gilmour 1121 Nick Papa 2175 Mike Latour 858
Sonny Khan 202 Cathy Leung-Rosnuk 995 Ali Mian 399 Shirley Chan 86 Ted Bunker 850 Lucy Rosina Cunningham 294 Godwin Chan 702
Joe Pacitto 315 Blair Kingsland 107 Ali Zahedi 43 Jane Robertson 608

2006 election[edit]

The election debates centred around urban sprawl, especially with regards to the Oak Ridges Moraine, waste management and urban renewal in the downtown area of Richmond Hill.[16]

Mayor[17] Votes Local and Regional Councillor[18] Votes Ward 1[19] Votes Ward 2[20] Votes Ward 3[21] Votes Ward 4[22] Votes Ward 5[23] Votes Ward 6[24] Votes
Dave Barrow 22007 Brenda Hogg 15296 Greg Baros 1568 Arnie Warner 2128 David Cohen 2179 Lynn Foster 4046 Nick Papa 2509 Godwin Chan 1627
David McCann 2661 Vito Spatafora 14536 Carrie Hoffelner 1209 Asghar Naqvi 1138 Natalie Helferty 685 Shiraz Hudda 608 Elio di Iorio 2480 Michael Latour 1292
Anastasios Baxevanidis 2276 Joe Di Paola 13916 Don Ciccone 746 Carmine Perrelli 1095 Vik Gandhi 436 Marg Aldridge 609 Sandra di Iorio 1069
Ramon Datol 962 Heather Sinclair 328 Mike McCallum 354 Arif Khan 228 Michael McGouran 552 Derek Wu 614
Adam Dodwell 78 D.L. Meitz 63 Nancy Storey 502 Muhammad Ali 303

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert M. Stamp (1991). "The First Village Council". Fire Brigades and Fence Viewers. Town of Richmond Hill Public Library. 
  2. ^ Thomas Claridge (November 14, 1985). "Voters return six York Region mayors Aurora results only exception in strong support for incumbents". The Globe and Mail. pp. A24. ISSN 0319-0714. 
  3. ^ Victoria Stevens (November 13, 1985). "2 mayoralty upsets in York region but most incumbents back in office". Toronto Star. pp. B.8. ISSN 0319-0781. 
  4. ^ "MUNICIPAL RESULTS". The Globe and Mail. November 16, 1988. pp. A 16. ISSN 0319-0714. 
  5. ^ Rudy Platiel (November 15, 1988). "Easy wins, surprise upsets recorded". The Globe and Mail. pp. A 18. 
  6. ^ Jock Ferguson, Dawn King and Rosemary Todd (November 16, 1988). "York region's new councillors 'no pushover' for developers". The Globe and Mail. pp. A 17. ISSN 0319-0714. 
  7. ^ Jock Ferguson and Dawn King (November 15, 1988). "York region voters dump two mayors Jackson easily defeats challengers in Vaughan". The Globe and Mail. pp. A 1. 
  8. ^ Marney Beck Robinson and Joan M. Clark (2000). "Growing Success". Later Days in Richmond Hill - A History of the Community from 1930 to 1999 (Town of Richmond Hill/Richmond Hill Public Library Board). ISBN 0-9695376-1-1. 
  9. ^ Robert Prowse. "Election Results by Polling Station" (PDF). Town of Richmond Hill. 
  10. ^ Robert Prowse. "Election Results by Polling Station" (PDF). Town of Richmond Hill. 
  11. ^ Robert Prowse. "Election Results by Polling Station" (PDF). Town of Richmond Hill. 
  12. ^ Robert Prowse. "Election Results by Polling Station" (PDF). Town of Richmond Hill. 
  13. ^ Robert Prowse. "Election Results by Polling Station" (PDF). Town of Richmond Hill. 
  14. ^ Robert Prowse. "Election Results by Polling Station" (PDF). Town of Richmond Hill. 
  15. ^ Robert Prowse. "Election Results by Polling Station" (PDF). Town of Richmond Hill. 
  16. ^ Courtney Paoletti, Andrei Zaretski and Neil Springer. "CBC Toronto - Toronto Votes 2006 - GTA Mayoral Races - Richmond Hill". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  17. ^ Robert C. Prowse (November 13, 2006). "Official Results - Office of the Mayor" (PDF). Town of Richmond Hill. 
  18. ^ Robert C. Prowse (November 13, 2006). "Official Results - Regional and Local Councillor" (PDF). Town of Richmond Hill. 
  19. ^ Robert C. Prowse (November 13, 2006). "Official Results - Ward 1 Councillor" (PDF). Town of Richmond Hill. 
  20. ^ Robert C. Prowse (November 13, 2006). "Official Results - Ward 2 Councillor" (PDF). Town of Richmond Hill. 
  21. ^ Robert C. Prowse (November 13, 2006). "Official Results - Ward 3 Councillor" (PDF). Town of Richmond Hill. 
  22. ^ Robert C. Prowse (November 13, 2006). "Official Results - Ward 4 Councillor" (PDF). Town of Richmond Hill. 
  23. ^ Robert C. Prowse (November 13, 2006). "Official Results - Ward 5 Councillor" (PDF). Town of Richmond Hill. 
  24. ^ Robert C. Prowse (November 13, 2006). "Official Results - Ward 6 Councillor" (PDF). Town of Richmond Hill.