Runner-up replaces Parkinson as Hamilton Ward 3 trustee

News Jun 25, 2019 by Richard Leitner hamiltonnews.com

The candidate who finished 29 votes behind Chris Parkinson in last fall’s municipal election will replace him as Ward 3’s public school trustee.

Maria Felix Miller, 33, said she’s excited to get to work despite less than ideal circumstances, referring to Parkinson’s sudden death from a heart attack on May 30, just six months into his first term in office.

Following more than an hour of debate on June 17, trustees agreed to appoint her as allowed by the Education Act after a majority rejected a $100,000 byelection as too expensive.

Opponents were also concerned a second vote would have a poor voter turnout given experiences elsewhere, including in York Region, where a byelection in April drew only four per cent of electors.

Miller said she assumed trustees would call a byelection, but her appointment makes sense given the cost and her close second finish in the six-way race in October.

The mother of three received 1,432 votes, or 26.49 per cent of ballots cast, with the next closest candidate, Gail Tessier, getting 824 votes.

Miller said she will take Parkinson’s passions for the environment and mental health issues into consideration when fulfilling the role while also advocating for her priorities, including ensuring schools reflect Ward 3’s dynamic communities.

A big goal will be a smooth transition as Bernie Custis Secondary School opens its doors this September, replacing Sir John A. Macdonald, Parkview and Delta high schools.

“I’m obviously going to be working very hard to establish a really nice, strong, inclusive, community-oriented culture at Bernie Custis,” she said.

“We want to make sure that we’re strong right out of the gate with that high school because it’s large, it’s going to be bringing together communities that haven’t been together before and we want it to do well.”

Board chair Alex Johnstone welcomed Miller’s acceptance of the appointment.

“We are confident that this appointment respects the recently expressed wishes of the electorate and are happy that Ward 3 has a representative in place,” she said in a media release.


Runner-up replaces Parkinson as Hamilton Ward 3 trustee

Public board opts to appoint Miller rather than call byelection

News Jun 25, 2019 by Richard Leitner hamiltonnews.com

The candidate who finished 29 votes behind Chris Parkinson in last fall’s municipal election will replace him as Ward 3’s public school trustee.

Maria Felix Miller, 33, said she’s excited to get to work despite less than ideal circumstances, referring to Parkinson’s sudden death from a heart attack on May 30, just six months into his first term in office.

Following more than an hour of debate on June 17, trustees agreed to appoint her as allowed by the Education Act after a majority rejected a $100,000 byelection as too expensive.

Opponents were also concerned a second vote would have a poor voter turnout given experiences elsewhere, including in York Region, where a byelection in April drew only four per cent of electors.

Miller said she assumed trustees would call a byelection, but her appointment makes sense given the cost and her close second finish in the six-way race in October.

The mother of three received 1,432 votes, or 26.49 per cent of ballots cast, with the next closest candidate, Gail Tessier, getting 824 votes.

Miller said she will take Parkinson’s passions for the environment and mental health issues into consideration when fulfilling the role while also advocating for her priorities, including ensuring schools reflect Ward 3’s dynamic communities.

A big goal will be a smooth transition as Bernie Custis Secondary School opens its doors this September, replacing Sir John A. Macdonald, Parkview and Delta high schools.

“I’m obviously going to be working very hard to establish a really nice, strong, inclusive, community-oriented culture at Bernie Custis,” she said.

“We want to make sure that we’re strong right out of the gate with that high school because it’s large, it’s going to be bringing together communities that haven’t been together before and we want it to do well.”

Board chair Alex Johnstone welcomed Miller’s acceptance of the appointment.

“We are confident that this appointment respects the recently expressed wishes of the electorate and are happy that Ward 3 has a representative in place,” she said in a media release.


Runner-up replaces Parkinson as Hamilton Ward 3 trustee

Public board opts to appoint Miller rather than call byelection

News Jun 25, 2019 by Richard Leitner hamiltonnews.com

The candidate who finished 29 votes behind Chris Parkinson in last fall’s municipal election will replace him as Ward 3’s public school trustee.

Maria Felix Miller, 33, said she’s excited to get to work despite less than ideal circumstances, referring to Parkinson’s sudden death from a heart attack on May 30, just six months into his first term in office.

Following more than an hour of debate on June 17, trustees agreed to appoint her as allowed by the Education Act after a majority rejected a $100,000 byelection as too expensive.

Opponents were also concerned a second vote would have a poor voter turnout given experiences elsewhere, including in York Region, where a byelection in April drew only four per cent of electors.

Miller said she assumed trustees would call a byelection, but her appointment makes sense given the cost and her close second finish in the six-way race in October.

The mother of three received 1,432 votes, or 26.49 per cent of ballots cast, with the next closest candidate, Gail Tessier, getting 824 votes.

Miller said she will take Parkinson’s passions for the environment and mental health issues into consideration when fulfilling the role while also advocating for her priorities, including ensuring schools reflect Ward 3’s dynamic communities.

A big goal will be a smooth transition as Bernie Custis Secondary School opens its doors this September, replacing Sir John A. Macdonald, Parkview and Delta high schools.

“I’m obviously going to be working very hard to establish a really nice, strong, inclusive, community-oriented culture at Bernie Custis,” she said.

“We want to make sure that we’re strong right out of the gate with that high school because it’s large, it’s going to be bringing together communities that haven’t been together before and we want it to do well.”

Board chair Alex Johnstone welcomed Miller’s acceptance of the appointment.

“We are confident that this appointment respects the recently expressed wishes of the electorate and are happy that Ward 3 has a representative in place,” she said in a media release.