Raymond Cho (politician)

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Raymond Cho
Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 42) Scarborough-Rouge River
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 1, 2000
Preceded by Ward Created
Chair of the Toronto Zoo
In office
December 1, 2003 – 2010
Preceded by Giorgio Mammoliti
Succeeded by Joe Torzsok
Chair of the Scarborough Community Council
In office
December 1, 2003 – June 27, 2005
Preceded by Ron Moeser
Succeeded by Michael Thompson
Toronto City Councillor for Scarborough Malvern (Ward 18)
In office
January 1, 1998 – December 1, 2000
Preceded by Ward Created
Metro Toronto City Councillor for Scarborough Malvern (Ward 18)
In office
December 1, 1991 – January 1, 1998
Preceded by Bob Sanders
Succeeded by City Amalgamated
Personal details
Born 1936 (age 77–78)
Korea
Nationality Korean-Canadian
Spouse(s) Soon-Ok Cho
Children 3
Occupation Social Worker

Raymond Cho (born c.1936) is a City Councillor in Toronto, Canada representing Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River. Before being elected, he worked as a social worker for the Catholic Children's Aid Society, the Toronto Board of Education, and the Scarborough Board of Education.

Cho holds a Masters' degree in Social Work and Doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto. He is married to Soon-Ok Cho, and has three adult sons.

Municipal politics[edit]

He was first elected to Metropolitan Toronto Council for Scarborough-Malvern in 1991, and was re-elected in 1994. After the Scarborough and the other suburbs were amalgamated into the new City of Toronto, Cho was elected to the new council representing Scarborough-Malvern in 1997 along with Bas Balkissoon. In 2000, he was again re-elected and now represents the new ward of Scarborough Rouge-River. He won re-election in 2003, 2006 and 2010.

On August 13, 2004, the Toronto Star reported that Cho spent nearly all of his allotted councillor expense fund, one of the highest on city council. While there was some speculation that some of this money was diverted to Cho's failed bid to run in the federal election campaign, his executive assistant said the money was needed for newsletters mailed out to constituents to provide information on a rash of fatal shootings in the Malvern neighbourhood earlier in the year.[1]

Cho was Chairman of the Toronto Zoo for two successive terms.

Federal politics[edit]

Cho was a New Democratic Party candidate for election to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1988 federal election and was initially identified as a New Democrat when he joined Metro Council, however, he soon became an ally and supporter of then Metropolitan Toronto Chairman Alan Tonks and dropped his NDP affiliation. He subsequently took out membership in the Liberal Party though, like most non-NDP municipal politicians in Ontario he did not run on a party label in municipal elections.

He ran in the 2004 federal election as an independent candidate in Scarborough—Rouge River. Cho called himself an "independent Liberal", and used the Liberal Party of Canada's red-and-white colours for his campaign materials. He was accused of trying to mislead voters by the official Liberal candidate, Derek Lee. Lee, who has been the MP since 1988 said that Cho caused some controversy by claiming to have been shut out of the candidate nomination process.[2] Lee won the election, Cho placed a distant second with 6,692 votes (17.8% of the total).

Provincial politics[edit]

In 2005, Cho expressed interest in being the Ontario Liberal Party's candidate in the Scarborough—Rouge River provincial by-election which was made necessary by the appointment of incumbent Liberal MPP Alvin Curling to a diplomatic position. However, the Liberal riding association used a clause of its constitution to declare another city councillor, Bas Balkissoon, as its candidate without a contested nomination process. Media reports suggested that this was done to exclude Cho as the provincial riding association was displeased with Cho's "independent Liberal" candidacy in the 2004 federal election.[3] Cho was also mentioned as a potential candidate for the Progressive Conservatives since he helped former leader John Tory during the March 2005 by-election in Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey.[4] In the end, Cho chose not to run in the by-election which was won handily by Balkissoon.

In 2012, Cho was named as the Progressive Conservative candidate for the provincial riding of Scarborough-Rouge River.[5] In the 2014 provincial election, Cho placed third with 27.68% of the vote.

On June 13, 2014, Cho registered as a candidate seeking re-election as Toronto City Councillor for Ward 42 - Scarborough—Rouge River.

Election results[edit]

Scarborough—Rouge River[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Derek Lee 22,564 57.9 -21.2
Independent Raymond Cho 6,962 17.9
Conservative Tony Backhurst 5,184 13.3 -2.7
New Democratic Fauzia Khan 3,635 9.3 +4.4
Green Kathryn Holloway 610 1.5
Total valid votes 38,955 100.0

Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.

Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Derek Lee 22,767 47.1
Progressive Conservative Doug Boswell 18,171 37.6
New Democratic Raymond Cho 6,589 13.6
Libertarian Simon Harvey 513 1.1
Green Lois James 286 0.6
Total valid votes 48,326 100.0

Municipal elections[edit]

2010 Toronto election, Ward 42
Candidate Votes[6]  %
(x) Raymond Cho 10,811 52.93%
Neethan Shan 6,873 33.65%
Shamoon Poonawala 586 2.869%
Mohammed Ather 474 2.321%
Namu Ponnambalam 443 2.169%
Ruth Tecle 437 2.14%
George Singh 353 1.728%
Leon Saul 323 1.581%
Venthan Ramanathavavuniyan 125 0.612%
Total 20,425 100%
2006 Toronto election, Ward 42
Candidate Votes  %
(x) Raymond Cho 7480 52.2
Kumar Nadarajah 3683 25.7
Mohammed Ather 1639 11.4
Bonnie Irwin 1532 10.7
2003 Toronto election, Ward 42
Candidate Votes  %
(x) Raymond Cho 8,302 70.0
Paulette Senior 3,314 27.9
Akeem Fasasi 245 2.1
2000 Toronto election, Ward 42
Candidate Votes  %
(x) Raymond Cho 7,428
Eden Gajraj 2,101
Horace Dockery 1,890
Pat Johnson 562
1997 Toronto election, Ward 18 - Scarborough Malvern (2 elected)
Candidate Votes  %
(x) Raymond Cho 11,190
Bas Balkissoon 10,745
Edith Montgomery 10,659
Jim Mackey 2,621
Terry Singh 1,812
Sinna Chelliah 1,165
Jasmine Singh 871
Arlanna Lewis 666
George B. Singh 339
1994 Toronto election, Scarborough Malvern
Candidate Votes  %
(x) Raymond Cho 10,272
Diamond Tobin-West 3,382
Yaqoob Khan 1,807
1991 Toronto election, Scarborough Malvern
Candidate Votes  %
Raymond Cho 5,283
(x) Bob Sanders 3,977
Shan Rana 1,321

(x) - incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ Catherine Porter. Cho biggest spender at city hall; $53,100 limit nearly spent Councillor ran in federal election. Toronto Star. August 13, 2004. Pg. F02.
  2. ^ Ho Anderson. Rookies challenge Liberal MP. Toronto Star. June 19, 2004. Pg. H03.
  3. ^ Ian Urquhart. Liberals play rough on by-election. Toronto Star. October 5, 2005. Pg. A21.
  4. ^ Robert Benzie. Twice bitten, McGuinty shy of vote; Curling's Scarborough riding considered a safe Liberal seat. Toronto Star. August 27, 2005. Pg F02.
  5. ^ Alcoba, Natalie (18 December 2012). "Rob Ford critic Raymond Cho named as Ontario PC candidate for Scarborough-Rouge River". 
  6. ^ City of Toronto elections page

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