New look to Pickering Council after first election without Dave Ryan in 28 years

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Published October 25, 2022 at 9:44 am

New Pickering Mayor Kevin Ashe

Pickering Council will see plenty of new faces when it reconvenes next month after an election that saw a new mayor elected after 19 years, one new regional councillor and two new local councillors.

Kevin Ashe will take over in the Mayor’s chair from Dave Ryan, who retired after 28 years in city politics and 19 as the City’s mayor. Ashe polled 7,867 votes to ward off strong challenges from Janice Frampton (6,634) and Bradley Nazar (5,795).

Linda Cook (Ward 2) will be the new face on Durham Council after she defeated Gary Strange by 159 votes while newbies on local council include Lisa Robinson in Ward 1 and Mara Nagy in Ward 2. Maurice Brenner had a fight on his hands to retain his regional council seat in Ward 1, beating Tom Hayes by just 110 votes while incumbents David Pickles in the Ward 3 Regional and Shaheen Butt in Ward 3 Local had easier times holding their seats.

Emma Cunningham and Steven Linton were elected to the Durham District School Board from Pickering while Jim McCafferty will be the lone Pickering representative on the Durham District Catholic School Board.

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