There were 16 in 16, but now there’s just one: Christin Carmichael Greb.
It was close, but the project manager for Bombardier Aerospace is who will be the replacing Karen Stintz in Ward 16 after taking 3,949 votes to top a field of 16 candidates. She got by lawyer Adam Tanel by a mere 269 votes.
During a victory celebration, Carmichael Greb told the Town Crier the key to winning the Eglinton-Lawrence ward was sticking to her campaign and not paying attention to what other candidates were doing on the campaign trail.
“I think that was it, especially in the last month,” she said. “I’ve been out several times a day knocking on doors, talking to residents, and listening to their concerns.
“I was doing it to show people I’m running to represent them because I really care about the area.”
Tanel, humble in defeat, said the success of his “grassroots campaign” was due largely to his team of volunteers.
“What I have accomplished is very little in comparison to what my volunteers accomplished on my behalf,” he said.
Carmichael Greb is the daughter of Don Valley West MP John Carmichael and had been endorsed by several conservative politicians during the campaign, including mayor-elect John Tory. She was the first candidate to register to run for Stintz’s seat, and had been considered a frontrunner throughout the race.
In mid-October Carmichael Greb spoke to how she was attempting to stand out in what was believed to be a tight race in a packed field by stressing her perceived importance of a councillor living in the ward they represent.
“I’m doing this because I’m invested in this area,” she said during an evening canvass in mid-October. “It’s really important that this area maintains the community atmosphere it has and we need a strong voice in the area for those reasons — so that someone who understands the issues can speak to them.”
Dyanoosh Youssefi finished third with 3,145 votes, J.P. Boutros finished got 2,428 votes and Terry Mills, who placed second to Stintz in 2010, rounded out the top five with 1,763 votes.
Stintz did not run for re-election. The former TTC chair also vacated her transit commission post, both moves coming so she could enter the mayoral race. She abandoned her campaign in September.
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