UXBRIDGE: Dave Barton is the newest member of Uxbridge Council after winning the Ward 3 by-election on Monday, Nov. 23.
Mr. Barton emerged victorious from the field of eight candidates when unofiicial results became available just after 8 p.m. on Monday, taking 27.1 per cent of the vote (355 ballots). There was a 100-vote margin between Mr. Barton and runner-up Dave Granic.
John Haddock finished in third place with 198 votes, followed by Lynn Klages with 144. Ted Eng’s 105 votes were good for fifth place, Bob Harrison was not far behind with 92 votes, with Mike Whiston’s 82 votes and Bev Northeast’s 79 rounding out the crowded field in what was believed to be the most contested municipal election in Uxbridge’s history.
“I knew I had the skills to win, but I was up against seven great candidates,” Mr. Barton told The Standard. “I worked very hard during the campaign, knocking on every door. Right up to the last minute, I was out meeting with residents. There were some houses I went back to four times before I was finally able to meet with someone.”
There will be little time for Mr. Barton to savour his victory however, as he will be sworn in and begin his new role as Ward 3 Councillor at council’s next meeting, on the evening of Monday, Nov. 30. He pledged that his hard work on the campaign trail will continue over the next three years as a councillor.
“There’s a lot to do, especially with the budget coming up and gravel pit issues on Wagg and Old Stouffville Rd.,” added Mr. Barton. “It’s not daunting, and I’m more than up to the task. I’m looking forward to assisting council as much as I can, and being a strong voice for Ward 3. The budget will be a bit of baptism by fire. It’s important to do everything we can to look at where every dime is going, because every dime belongs to the residents of Uxbridge.”
More than 54 per cent of eligible Ward 3 voters cast a ballot in the by-election, which was carried out to fill the position on Council previously occupied by Pat Mikuse, who passed away in July. Mr. Barton noted the impressive legacy she leaves behind as he prepares to represent the residents of Ward 3.
“Pat was an amazing councillor and did great service for residents, returning every call and listening to their concerns. It’ll be a tough act to follow, because she was so passionate about this town.”