MacDonald upsets incumbent Paterson to claim Leamington mayors job

MacDonald upsets incumbent Paterson to claim Leamington mayor\s job
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Current Deputy Mayor Hilda MacDonald has been elected as mayor with 4,341 votes. Current Mayor John Paterson finished with 2,533 votes.

Leamington voters opted to vote for change in a big way as sitting Deputy Mayor Hilda MacDonald upended incumbent Mayor John Paterson.

“I think what the difference was people thought they were not being listened to. People want to be heard, even when they know sometimes you’re limited in what you can do.”

“It’s disappointing but the voters wanted change,” Paterson said. “I can look back and say we did great work in this town during the period I was mayor.”

While the town has done much work on its waterfront, the campaign has featured plenty of discussion on the state of the downtown core and the need for more affordable housing for the town’s residents and its migrant workforce in the greenhouse industry.

Winning the race for deputy mayor was Larry Verbeke while the new council will feature incumbents John Jacobs, John Hammond and Bill Dunn along with newcomers Tim Wilkinson and Paul Tiessen.

The school board trustees for the town are Aimee Omstead (Greater Essex County District School Board) while incumbent Mary DiMenna was returned to the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board.