Donna Skelly wins Hamilton Mountain Ward 7 squeaker

News Mar 21, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

In one of the closest votes on the Mountain in recent history former CHCH television reporter Donna Skelly won the Ward 7 byelection on Monday night.

“It was bated breath right until the 21st (and final) poll came through,” said an elated Skelly who finished the 22 candidate race with 1,967 votes, 92 more than second place finisher John-Paul Danko (1875).

Skelly picked up nearly 20 percent of the votes cast while Danko received nearly 19 percent.

Uzma Qureshi, who looked like she was going to make it a close three-way race during the early returns, finished third with 1,521 votes and slightly more than 15 percent of the vote.

Overall, 10,063 ballots were cast and only 24.35 percent of eligible voters showed up to the polls compared to a nearly 32 percent voter turnout on the central Mountain during the 2014 municipal election.

Skelly credits her name recognition and a good campaign team for her victory.

“We really had an organized group behind me that wanted to see me win and I could never, ever have pulled this off without them,” she said.

The west Mountain resident and 54-year-old single mother of two adult males finally won elected office after twice failing to get elected provincially as a Progressive Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale.

“Third time’s the charm,” Skelly said. “I think that’s a message for people who want to get into politics, don’t give up.”

Skelly, who will be sworn in on March 30, said she intends to be a “presence” on city council that will be mindful of taxpayers’ dollars.

“I’ve covered municipal politics and I’m not so sure we’ve had a strong force on council representing the Mountain, I can assure you that changed tonight,” she said.

Skelly said her immediate goal for the central Mountain ward is to help turn Concession Street into a “vibrant uptown destination” by bringing artists to the street during the summer.

She’s also set her sights on reducing red tape at Hamilton City Hall.

“The city claims it’s open for business, but it doesn’t walk the walk,” Skelly said. “If you’ve ever tried to deal with city hall on any level, the amount of red tape is so onerous, it’s prohibitive, it costs companies time which costs money.”

Skelly said she will be a bit different than many of the other councillors in that she’s not afraid to push her agenda.

“I’m not afraid to be politically incorrect and I will say what I believe,” she said.

Skelly added she has no plans to seek higher office in the future.

“This is it,” she said.

 

City of Hamilton election results page

Donna Skelly wins Hamilton Mountain Ward 7 squeaker

Only 24 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot

News Mar 21, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

In one of the closest votes on the Mountain in recent history former CHCH television reporter Donna Skelly won the Ward 7 byelection on Monday night.

“It was bated breath right until the 21st (and final) poll came through,” said an elated Skelly who finished the 22 candidate race with 1,967 votes, 92 more than second place finisher John-Paul Danko (1875).

Skelly picked up nearly 20 percent of the votes cast while Danko received nearly 19 percent.

Uzma Qureshi, who looked like she was going to make it a close three-way race during the early returns, finished third with 1,521 votes and slightly more than 15 percent of the vote.

Overall, 10,063 ballots were cast and only 24.35 percent of eligible voters showed up to the polls compared to a nearly 32 percent voter turnout on the central Mountain during the 2014 municipal election.

Skelly credits her name recognition and a good campaign team for her victory.

“We really had an organized group behind me that wanted to see me win and I could never, ever have pulled this off without them,” she said.

The west Mountain resident and 54-year-old single mother of two adult males finally won elected office after twice failing to get elected provincially as a Progressive Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale.

“Third time’s the charm,” Skelly said. “I think that’s a message for people who want to get into politics, don’t give up.”

Skelly, who will be sworn in on March 30, said she intends to be a “presence” on city council that will be mindful of taxpayers’ dollars.

“I’ve covered municipal politics and I’m not so sure we’ve had a strong force on council representing the Mountain, I can assure you that changed tonight,” she said.

Skelly said her immediate goal for the central Mountain ward is to help turn Concession Street into a “vibrant uptown destination” by bringing artists to the street during the summer.

She’s also set her sights on reducing red tape at Hamilton City Hall.

“The city claims it’s open for business, but it doesn’t walk the walk,” Skelly said. “If you’ve ever tried to deal with city hall on any level, the amount of red tape is so onerous, it’s prohibitive, it costs companies time which costs money.”

Skelly said she will be a bit different than many of the other councillors in that she’s not afraid to push her agenda.

“I’m not afraid to be politically incorrect and I will say what I believe,” she said.

Skelly added she has no plans to seek higher office in the future.

“This is it,” she said.

 

City of Hamilton election results page

Donna Skelly wins Hamilton Mountain Ward 7 squeaker

Only 24 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot

News Mar 21, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

In one of the closest votes on the Mountain in recent history former CHCH television reporter Donna Skelly won the Ward 7 byelection on Monday night.

“It was bated breath right until the 21st (and final) poll came through,” said an elated Skelly who finished the 22 candidate race with 1,967 votes, 92 more than second place finisher John-Paul Danko (1875).

Skelly picked up nearly 20 percent of the votes cast while Danko received nearly 19 percent.

Uzma Qureshi, who looked like she was going to make it a close three-way race during the early returns, finished third with 1,521 votes and slightly more than 15 percent of the vote.

Overall, 10,063 ballots were cast and only 24.35 percent of eligible voters showed up to the polls compared to a nearly 32 percent voter turnout on the central Mountain during the 2014 municipal election.

Skelly credits her name recognition and a good campaign team for her victory.

“We really had an organized group behind me that wanted to see me win and I could never, ever have pulled this off without them,” she said.

The west Mountain resident and 54-year-old single mother of two adult males finally won elected office after twice failing to get elected provincially as a Progressive Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale.

“Third time’s the charm,” Skelly said. “I think that’s a message for people who want to get into politics, don’t give up.”

Skelly, who will be sworn in on March 30, said she intends to be a “presence” on city council that will be mindful of taxpayers’ dollars.

“I’ve covered municipal politics and I’m not so sure we’ve had a strong force on council representing the Mountain, I can assure you that changed tonight,” she said.

Skelly said her immediate goal for the central Mountain ward is to help turn Concession Street into a “vibrant uptown destination” by bringing artists to the street during the summer.

She’s also set her sights on reducing red tape at Hamilton City Hall.

“The city claims it’s open for business, but it doesn’t walk the walk,” Skelly said. “If you’ve ever tried to deal with city hall on any level, the amount of red tape is so onerous, it’s prohibitive, it costs companies time which costs money.”

Skelly said she will be a bit different than many of the other councillors in that she’s not afraid to push her agenda.

“I’m not afraid to be politically incorrect and I will say what I believe,” she said.

Skelly added she has no plans to seek higher office in the future.

“This is it,” she said.

 

City of Hamilton election results page