TRUSTEE RACES: Incumbents keep seats in midtown wards

While most eyes were on the mayoral and council races Monday night, school trustees also had a stake in the municipal election.

Jennifer Arp was elected to succeed outgoing trustee Howard Goodman in midtown’s Ward 8. Arp received 8,756 votes, beating out second-place finisher Ron Singer by more than 1,000 votes.

In a phone interview shortly after she was declared the winner, Arp said she’s looking forward to getting to work as the new trustee and promised to push ahead with her campaign pledge to prevent the selling off of TDSB schools or greenspaces.

“I’m planning on sticking to it and seeing it through,” said Arp, who was endorsed by MPP Mike Colle and councillors Karen Stintz and Josh Colle. “As we’ve seen with Bannockburn, the TDSB is looking at land as an option for generating revenue, but we need to be looking at other ways so we can protect the land that we have so our children have access to it.”

All incumbent trustees were re-elected in midtown wards. Shelley Laskin took Ward 11 with 65 percent, Gerri Gershon won Ward 13 with 47 percent and Sheila Ward was re-elected in Ward 14 with 41 percent.

In the Catholic school board, Ward 9 trustee Jo-Ann Davis was re-elected with 60 percent. Davis has been serving as chair of the Catholic board since late 2013.