Council races heating up, Ford’s numbers show

“Former city councillor and the woman who dared run against David Miller in 2006, Jane Pitfield, is holding her own in Ward 29 at 36% against NDP pick Mary Fragedakis, who is at 28%.
Pitfield said she always run likes she’s in last place and will continue to work as hard as she can until Oct. 25.”

By SUE-ANN LEVY, City Hall Columnist

http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontovotes2010/2010/10/09/15642531.html

Hang on to your hats, Toronto.

Change is definitely in the wind on city council.

At least three long-time incumbents are in danger of losing their seats and there appears to be a definitive shift to the centre-right in many tight ward races, according to polling results obtained by the Sunday Sun.

Council speaker Sandra Bussin – under fire most recently for championing a controversial 20-year deal with Tuggs Inc. for control of food and beverage sales on the Eastern Beach — faces a possible upset in her fiefdom of Ward 32.

The 13-year councillor is trailing newbie opponent and community activist Mary-Margaret McMahon by seven points with 23% of Beach voters still undecided, according to scientific polls conducted by the Rob Ford campaign last month.

But McMahon is likely to surge even further ahead after lawyer Martin Gladstone — at 12% in the polls — dropped out of the race Friday and threw his support behind her.

Surprise first-time candidate Shimmy Posen is polling very strongly against NDPer Joe Mihevc, who has just 41% of voter support — one of the lowest of any of Mayor David Miller’s inner circle seeking re-election.

Posen, a 26-year-old entrepreneur, is six points back at 35%
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“I’m pleased…it means our message is resonating,” Posen said Friday. “Someone has to be accountable for what happened on St. Clair…the cost overruns.”

Former CityTV entertainment reporter Liz West, who only jumped into the Ward 30 race on Aug. 17, is giving NDPer and former communist party leader, Paula Fletcher, a run for her money too.

West is at 32% in the polls compared to Fletcher at 40%.

In Ward 15 — NDPer Howard Moscoe’s realm for 30 years — Catholic school trustee and former city councillor in the old city of York, Rob Davis, is leading the pack at 35% of the vote.

Josh Colle, Moscoe’s choice to replace him, is trailing at 20%.

“The support is reflective of the frustration with City Hall and with the Lawrence Heights development,” Davis said Saturday, noting he’s been knocking on doors since Jan. 9. “It’s very humbling at this stage in the game that people are supporting me.”

Former city councillor and the woman who dared run against David Miller in 2006, Jane Pitfield, is holding her own in Ward 29 at 36% against NDP pick Mary Fragedakis, who is at 28%.
Pitfield said she always run likes she’s in last place and will continue to work as hard as she can until Oct. 25.

“I would love to return to City Hall and be part of the change that will take place,” she said Friday.

And it looks like it could be anybody’s race in Ward 27, the downtown ward held by NDPer Kyle Rae for 20 years.

Kristyn Wong-Tam, recently “outed” in this newspaper for her close ties with the Queers Against Israeli Apartheid contingent and with CUPE, has a slight edge at 21.6% over former Peel Regional Police officer Ken Chan at 19%.

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