Councillor Mark Grimes holds Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore seat

File photo of City Councillor Mark Grimes. Ken Armstrong/The Globe and Mail

Mark Grimes has held onto his council seat in Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

Grimes, who was first elected to council in 2003, won with 44 per cent of the vote, down from the 60 per cent of the vote in 2010 he garnered in 2010.

Eleven candidates ran against Grimes, including the executive director for the LAMP Community Health Centre, Russ Ford – whose website clarifies he’s not part of that Ford family – and former police spokesperson Tony Vella.

Vella, on unpaid leave from the Toronto Police Service, registered for the election at the end of August, stressing that honesty and accessibility would be key aspects of his service on council.

Ford, who came in second, won 34.1 per cent of the vote, and Vella, 10.5 per cent.

On Oct. 15 Grimes’ camp said they had become aware someone had accessed their phone lines to make “inappropriate and aggressive phone calls” using the ‘Grimes’ name. “It is so disappointing that a few select individuals would resort to these sort of tactics in an effort to get ahead,” said a statement from Grimes’ campaign, which said they’d contacted police about the calls.

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