June 12, 2014 11:58 pm

NDP’s Joe Cimino takes open Sudbury seat

NDP candidate Joe Cimino

Joe Cimino has taken Sudbury for the NDP.

Cimino won by a narrow margin of less than three per cent of the vote in early results. He captured 42.2 per cent. Liberal Andrew Olivier won 39.3 per cent and the PC’s Paula Peroni trailed with 13.8 per cent.

Liberal MPP Rick Bartolucci had held the riding since 1995 but decided to retire, leaving the seat wide open. He had won the 2011 election by only 531 votes, which suggested waning Liberal support.

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Cimino has been a city councillor in Sudbury since 2006 and was a member of the Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation Board and the Greater Sudbury Public Action Board, among other committees. He is also a special education teacher at Algonquin Road Public School.

The Liberals had hoped to keep Sudbury, nominating disability advocate Olivier. He is board chair for the Independence Centre and Network, an organization which helps people with physical disabilities. This is something he has personal experience with, as he’s used a wheelchair since breaking his neck playing hockey as a teenager. The accident left him a quadriplegic.

Olivier also helps run his family’s restaurant and works as a consultant for accessibility planning.

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