June 11, 2018 12:51 pm
Updated: June 11, 2018 1:43 pm

Ward 7 byelection runner-up makes case for appointment to city council

John Paul Danko finished second to Donna Skelly in a 2016 byelection and believes appointing him to fill her soon-to-be vacant seat is the "most democratic option."

John Paul Danko finished second to Donna Skelly in a 2016 byelection and believes appointing him to fill her soon-to-be vacant seat is the "most democratic option."

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The runner-up in the 2016 municipal byelection in Hamilton’s central mountain is making his case to be appointed to city council.

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The city must once again fill a Ward 7 vacancy, after Coun. Donna Skelly was elected to provincial parliament last week as the Progressive Conservative representative for Flamborough-Glanbrook.

Council must appoint a replacement since there will be a gap of more than 90 days between the seat being declared vacant and October’s municipal election.

John-Paul Danko finished just 92 votes short of Skelly in 2016, and believes appointing him to represent Ward 7 is the “most democratic option.”

A main argument against Danko’s case is that he is running in this fall’s municipal election in a reconfigured Ward 8, and council’s past preference has been to fill vacancies with a non-candidate who has previous city council experience.

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Danko suggests this case is different, since he received “a fairly strong share of the votes” just two years ago.

He adds that “the fact that I’m running in Ward 8 in the upcoming municipal election in October, I don’t see that as any different than any other incumbent councillor who’s running for re-election.”

Councillors will discuss the issue at an upcoming meeting. They are required to appoint a replacement within 60 days of the seat being declared vacant.

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