The Kitchener mayor was unofficially elected to the office for a third time on Monday night, as he held off challenges from Rehman-Ullah Kahn, Manikantan Nair, Val Neekman and Milos Sokollu Posavljak, according to results posted on the City of Kitchener’s website.
He was first elected to the mayor’s office in 2014 after having served as councillor for two decades in Ward 2.
Before he filed his paperwork, Vrbanovic said that he believed that some of the major issues going forward for the city over the next four years will include homelessness, mental health, sustainability and climate change.
There will be change to Kitchener council this fall as Ward 3 Coun. John Gazzola, Ward 5 Coun. Kelly Galloway Sealock and Ward 10 Coun. Sarah Marsh chose not to seek re-election.
All three races had close finishes with Ayo Owodunni edging Jon Massimi and Ajmer Mandur in Ward 5 and Jason Denault finishing on top of a tight six-way race in Ward 3.
Aislinn Clancy will take Marsh’s seat in Ward 10 as she finished less than 150 votes ahead of Stephanie Stretch.
In all of the other wards, the incumbents have been unofficially re-elected.
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Only 20.26 per cent of eligible voters went to the polls in Kitchener.
The following are the unofficial winners of the Kitchener mayor and councilor races:
Kitchener Mayor (x denotes incumbent) (Unoffical winners in bold)
Milos Sokollu Posavljak
Berry Vrbanovic x
Kitchener Ward 1
Scott Davey x
Kitchener Ward 2
Dave Schnider x
Kitchener Ward 3
Kitchener Ward 4
Christine Michaud x
Kitchener Ward 5
Kitchener Ward 6
Paul Singh x
Kitchener Ward 7
Bill Ioannidis x
Kitchener Ward 8
Margaret Johnston x
Kitchener Ward 9
Debbie Chapman x
Kitchener Ward 10