Colleen James made history as the first Black regional councillor elected in Waterloo region. She’s actually the first Black person, first Black woman, first person of colour to sit on the council. James says she faced racism all throughout the election, including an encounter with one woman who said she only answered the door because James was with a white canvasser. And although unofficial voter turnout in Waterloo was historically low at 27.2 per cent, James received more votes than anyone else running for regional council.
In neighbouring Kitchener, Ayo Owodunni won in Ward 5. Owodunni is a Senior Manager at the Black Professionals in Tech Network.
Research Scientist and sports organizer Fred Ngoundjo made history as the first Black man elected to city council in Cornwall.
Cheraldean Duhaney became the first Black woman elected to council in Bradford West Gwillimbury. A local business owner and medical device technician, Duhaney is also the founder and executive director of Impact Youth and Cultural Centre. She was also a founding member of Bradford West Gwillimbury’s inaugural Anti-Racism Advisory Committee.
It was a landslide win for Rawlson King in Ottawa. He is heading back to city hall for a new term as councillor in Rideau-Rockcliffe with over 81 per cent of the vote. None of his three other opponents were able to break the 10 per cent mark. King was elected Ottawa's first-ever Black city councillor back in April 2019.
Amber Morley made big waves in Toronto’s most populous ward Etobicoke-Lakeshore with 46.6 per cent of the vote, beating out the five-term incumbent councillor Mark Grimes. The ward is home to 141,751 people.
Michael Thompson was re-elected in Scarborough, despite facing sexual assault charges, and has maintained his innocence. He came in with 55% of the vote, while his competitors were only able to secure 13 and 10 per cent respectively.
Chris Moise, a former police officer and health care worker, won in Ward 13 Toronto Centre with a whopping 48% of the vote. His competitors trailed by 18 and 12 per cent respectively.
Jamaal Myers won in Scarborough North, which had been represented by Cynthia Lai until her death last week. In an interview with CBC Radio, Myers said the victory was “bittersweet” as he paid tribute to Lai, who he described as "a trailblazer." Myers, 39, becomes one of the youngest members of council and is a lawyer who holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario, the London School of Economics and New York University School of Law. He describes himself as a community organizer and advocate who is focused on investing in local people and businesses.
It was a crowded race in Mississauga ward 9, with 11 candidates running. That’s more than any other ward race in Mississauga. Martin Reid, owner of a health and wellness business, edged them all out to successfully win his seat. The ward includes the communities of Meadowvale and Central Erin Mills.