Eleven-vote win caps tidal shift on Hamilton-Wentworth Public School Board

News Oct 28, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board races saw one cliff-hanger, and it was a doozy, as voters elected seven new trustees to replace incumbents who opted not to run again.

Penny Deathe squeaked out an 11-ballot victory over Nick Lauwers in Waterdown’s Ward 15 in a battle that saw both first-time candidates exchange leads as returns trickled in at city hall.

Elsewhere, all four incumbents who ran again — Ray Mulholland in Ward 4, Todd White in Ward 5, Wes Hicks in Ward 8 and Alex Johnstone in Wards 11 and 12 — were returned by comfortable margins.

White and Hicks scored the biggest victories, respectively taking 75.6 and 72.8 per cent of ballots cast in two-way races against relatively unknown challengers.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the new trustees so that we can get their fresh ideas and sort of blend that with our existing policies and procedures and see if we can come up with a better direction,” Hicks said.

Among newcomers, the east Mountain saw Kathy Archer regain the Ward 6 trustee post she lost after one term to Laura Peddle in 2006, capturing a third of the vote against four first-time challengers.

In Ward 7, Dawn Danko cruised to victory in a three-way race, taking two-thirds of ballots cast.

In Stoney Creek’s wards 9 and 10, Jeff Beattie garnered just shy of 45 per cent of the vote, also in a three-way race.

In wards 13 and 14, which cover Dundas and West Flamborough, Greg Van Geffen eventually took nearly 55 per cent of the vote after early returns at one point had him trailing Bob Maton in a three-way race.

Van Geffen said the campaign “almost seemed like a referendum” on the pending closure of Parkside High School.

He campaigned on working to make Dundas Valley Secondary, formerly Highland, the best school possible and preparing for the next round of closure reviews, while Maton vowed to keep up the fight.

“My only hope is that now we can focus on moving forward,” Van Geffen said.

In lower-city races that brought in new faces, Christine Bingham won a five-way race in wards 1 and 2, while Larry Pattison prevailed over four challengers in Ward 3, vacated by incumbent Tim Simmons.

Simmons, who tried to move up to city council, finished sixth in a 15-way race, taking 4.77 per cent of the vote.

Eleven-vote win caps tidal shift on Hamilton-Wentworth Public School Board

News Oct 28, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board races saw one cliff-hanger, and it was a doozy, as voters elected seven new trustees to replace incumbents who opted not to run again.

Penny Deathe squeaked out an 11-ballot victory over Nick Lauwers in Waterdown’s Ward 15 in a battle that saw both first-time candidates exchange leads as returns trickled in at city hall.

Elsewhere, all four incumbents who ran again — Ray Mulholland in Ward 4, Todd White in Ward 5, Wes Hicks in Ward 8 and Alex Johnstone in Wards 11 and 12 — were returned by comfortable margins.

White and Hicks scored the biggest victories, respectively taking 75.6 and 72.8 per cent of ballots cast in two-way races against relatively unknown challengers.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the new trustees so that we can get their fresh ideas and sort of blend that with our existing policies and procedures and see if we can come up with a better direction,” Hicks said.

Among newcomers, the east Mountain saw Kathy Archer regain the Ward 6 trustee post she lost after one term to Laura Peddle in 2006, capturing a third of the vote against four first-time challengers.

In Ward 7, Dawn Danko cruised to victory in a three-way race, taking two-thirds of ballots cast.

In Stoney Creek’s wards 9 and 10, Jeff Beattie garnered just shy of 45 per cent of the vote, also in a three-way race.

In wards 13 and 14, which cover Dundas and West Flamborough, Greg Van Geffen eventually took nearly 55 per cent of the vote after early returns at one point had him trailing Bob Maton in a three-way race.

Van Geffen said the campaign “almost seemed like a referendum” on the pending closure of Parkside High School.

He campaigned on working to make Dundas Valley Secondary, formerly Highland, the best school possible and preparing for the next round of closure reviews, while Maton vowed to keep up the fight.

“My only hope is that now we can focus on moving forward,” Van Geffen said.

In lower-city races that brought in new faces, Christine Bingham won a five-way race in wards 1 and 2, while Larry Pattison prevailed over four challengers in Ward 3, vacated by incumbent Tim Simmons.

Simmons, who tried to move up to city council, finished sixth in a 15-way race, taking 4.77 per cent of the vote.

Eleven-vote win caps tidal shift on Hamilton-Wentworth Public School Board

News Oct 28, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board races saw one cliff-hanger, and it was a doozy, as voters elected seven new trustees to replace incumbents who opted not to run again.

Penny Deathe squeaked out an 11-ballot victory over Nick Lauwers in Waterdown’s Ward 15 in a battle that saw both first-time candidates exchange leads as returns trickled in at city hall.

Elsewhere, all four incumbents who ran again — Ray Mulholland in Ward 4, Todd White in Ward 5, Wes Hicks in Ward 8 and Alex Johnstone in Wards 11 and 12 — were returned by comfortable margins.

White and Hicks scored the biggest victories, respectively taking 75.6 and 72.8 per cent of ballots cast in two-way races against relatively unknown challengers.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the new trustees so that we can get their fresh ideas and sort of blend that with our existing policies and procedures and see if we can come up with a better direction,” Hicks said.

Among newcomers, the east Mountain saw Kathy Archer regain the Ward 6 trustee post she lost after one term to Laura Peddle in 2006, capturing a third of the vote against four first-time challengers.

In Ward 7, Dawn Danko cruised to victory in a three-way race, taking two-thirds of ballots cast.

In Stoney Creek’s wards 9 and 10, Jeff Beattie garnered just shy of 45 per cent of the vote, also in a three-way race.

In wards 13 and 14, which cover Dundas and West Flamborough, Greg Van Geffen eventually took nearly 55 per cent of the vote after early returns at one point had him trailing Bob Maton in a three-way race.

Van Geffen said the campaign “almost seemed like a referendum” on the pending closure of Parkside High School.

He campaigned on working to make Dundas Valley Secondary, formerly Highland, the best school possible and preparing for the next round of closure reviews, while Maton vowed to keep up the fight.

“My only hope is that now we can focus on moving forward,” Van Geffen said.

In lower-city races that brought in new faces, Christine Bingham won a five-way race in wards 1 and 2, while Larry Pattison prevailed over four challengers in Ward 3, vacated by incumbent Tim Simmons.

Simmons, who tried to move up to city council, finished sixth in a 15-way race, taking 4.77 per cent of the vote.