Karen Farbridge

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Karen Farbridge
58th Mayor of Guelph
In office
Preceded byJoe Young
Succeeded byKate Quarrie
In office
Preceded byKate Quarrie
Succeeded byCam Guthrie
Personal details
BornWoking, England
ParentsJoseph Farbridge and Joan Farbridge (Martin)

Karen J. Farbridge is a Canadian politician, the former mayor and a former city councillor of the city of Guelph, Ontario.

Farbridge was born in Woking, England the oldest of three siblings. When she was three years old she moved to Canada with her family for her father's work. Her father, Joseph Farbridge, was an aeronautical engineer who moved to Canada to work with de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd.

Farbridge was first elected to Guelph City Council in 1994, and served until her first election as mayor in the 2000 municipal election. She served until 2003, when she was defeated by Kate Quarrie in the 2003 municipal election, but defeated Quarrie in the 2006 municipal election. Reelected in the 2010 municipal election, she was defeated by Cam Guthrie in the 2014 municipal election.[1] During her 11-year tenure as mayor, Farbridge became the second longest sitting mayor, behind Norm Jary who served 15 years, and the longest sitting female mayor.

A resident of Guelph since 1979, Farbridge has an MSc and PhD in biology from the University of Guelph.

Shortly after leaving office, Farbridge launched Karen Farbridge & Associates Ltd., a consulting firm that advises public and private sector clients on public policy development and the navigation of the inner workings of government.[2]

As of 2016 Farbridge was lecturing in the faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.[3]

Electoral record[edit]

Guelph municipal election, 2014: Mayor
Candidate Votes % Δ% Expenditures[a]
Cam Guthrie 19,672 50.75 $91,314.72[4]
Karen Farbridge (X) 14,174 36.57 -17.54 $80,263.17[5]
Jason Blokhuis 3,987 10.29 $6,766.23[6]
Andrew Donovan 296 0.76 $1,074.50[7]
John Legere 269 0.69 $7,204.24[8]
Joseph St. Denis 250 0.64 $6,192.70[9]
Nicholas A. Ross 112 0.29 none listed
Total valid votes/Expense Limit 38,760 100.0     $82,168.25
Turnout 38,873 43.21
Eligible voters 89,968
Sources: 2014 Official Election Results, City of Guelph, 2014 Election - Mayor, City of Guelph, and Voter Statistics, City of Guelph
  1. ^ includes expenses not subject to spending limit
Guelph municipal election, 2010: Mayor
Candidate Votes % Δ% Expenditures[a]
Karen Farbridge (X) 14,902 54.11 +3.15 $63,741.54[10]
David Birtwistle 10,576 38.41 $25,607.71[11]
Ray Mitchell 1,182 4.29 $4.00[12]
Scott Nightingale 878 3.19 $200.00[13]
Total valid votes/Expense Limit 27,538 100.0     $82,168.25
Turnout 28,072 33.91
Eligible voters 82,794
Source: 2010 Final Official Results, City of Guelph
  1. ^ includes expenses not subject to spending limit