Arif Khan wins Ward 8 council seat

Ward 8 has a new representative around the council table. Arif Khan, whose election signs dotted lawns around the ward, was the first past the post with 521 votes.
In doing so, Khan bested a couple of well known names, including former councillor and mayoral candidate Mike Ramsay and Colin Wilson, former federal Liberal candidate.
Khan’s votes represented 32.38 per cent of ballots cast in an election promoted by the sudden resignation of Jennifer Robinson last summer. The contest attracted 11 candidates.
The election attracted 27 per cent of eligible voters, continuing a trend of general disinterest in municipal elections. It’s rare for a local vote to draw more than 33-35 per cent of those who could vote.
The new face around the table is yet another politician with ties to local Conservative, having volunteered for both MP Patrick Brown and MPP Rod Jackson.
Khan beat Ramsay, who lives in Ward 1, by 385 by 136 votes, and Wilson, who came in second, two votes ahead of Ramsay, by 123 votes.
The first time councillor runs a local business, owning Strategic Capital Network, a mortgage investment company. He is due to take his seat on Dec. 17.

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