Runner-up for council thanks supporters and congratulates new counci

November 3, 2022   ·   0 Comments

By Sam Odrowski

Runner-up for the councillor position in Orangeville’s Oct. 24 municipal election, Nick Garisto came 185 votes short of securing his spot on council and would like to offer his thanks to the 2,146 people who supported him.

“I’d like to thank all the people who supported me and displayed my sign,” he said. “It meant a lot to me.”

Garisto served as an Orangeville councillor from 2014-2018 and was hoping to make a return for the 2022-2026 term.

He told the Citizen he’d like to congratulate the new term of council, who’s being sworn in on Nov. 21. The new council consists of Lisa Post as mayor, Todd Taylor as deputy mayor, and Debbie Sherwood, Joe Andrews, Andy Macinotsh, Tess Prendergast and Rick Stevens as councillors.

Garisto noted that the 26.93 per cent voter turnout in last Monday’s election was disappointing, representing a significant drop from the 38.87 per cent who voted in 2018 and 39.3 per cent in 2014.

“It’s disappointing for the people who ran and put their names forward,” he said.

Garisto said he avoided knocking door to door due to COVID-19 but got his flyers and campaign materials to all the houses and apartments in Orangeville to help them be informed on his positions.

He told the Citizen he’s unsure of if he’ll be running in 2026, as he’s taking it one day at a time but will be watching the new council closely and see how things pan out.

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