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Ann-Marie Kungl wins Barrie’s Ward 3 byelection

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Feb 25th, 2020
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Ann-Marie Kungl

Ann-Marie Kungl

Global News February 24 2020

Ann-Marie Kungl has won a byelection to fill the vacant Ward 3 seat on Barrie city council, according to unofficial results released by the City.

The results, which still need to be certified, were released by the City of Barrie Monday evening.

According to the City website, Kungl received 542 votes (representing 29.4 per cent of the vote). ​Tanya Saari came second after getting 427 votes.

READ MORE: Voting for Barrie’s Ward 3 byelection opens Thursday

In total, eight candidates were running for the position. The City said only 23.8 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot.

Kungl, a health care professional, was one of nine people who ran to become Ward 1 councillor during the 2018 municipal election. She came in fourth, losing to Clare Riepma.

The byelection was triggered by the resignation of Doug Shipley, who stepped down after being elected the Conservative MP for Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte during the 2019 federal election.

‘Humbled and happy’: Ann-Marie Kungl wins Barrie’s Ward 3 byelection

by Chris Simon Barrie Advance February 24 2020

Ann-Marie Kungl has earned a seat at city hall.

The 16-year Barrie resident was voted in during the Ward 3 byelection Feb. 24. Kungl beat seven other contenders in the race to replace Doug Shipley, who resigned as councillor after becoming Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MP in October’s federal election.

Kungl earned 542 votes, or 29.5 per cent of ballots cast. Tanya Saari finished second with 427 votes (23.2 per cent), followed by Devin Scully with 308 (16.7 per cent) and Kelly Patterson McGrath with 234 (12.7 per cent). Gerry Marshall had 176 votes (9.6 per cent), Ram Faerber earned 105 (5.7 per cent) and Peter Silveira had 31 (1.7 per cent). Stephen Ciesielski finished with 19 votes (one per cent).

The results are unofficial and Kungl will be sworn in March 2.

“You can’t take anything for granted,” she told Simcoe.com. “I’m very humbled and happy. With eight in the race, you never know the outcome.”

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