Patrick Brown is Brampton’s new mayor.
Brampton’s Patrick Brown defeated occupant Linda Jeffrey in a tight race that saw the former PC Party leader guarantee a little more than 44 percent of the vote. Jeffrey oversaw just shy of 41 percent.
Brown’s victory tops off a fierce year that saw him step down as PC Party leader in the amid a pair of sexual misconduct claims. Brown has denied the charges and percent CTV News over its initial reporting of the story.
From that point, Brown chose to take another keep running at the party’s leadership before being removed from the party’s council. Premier Doug Ford would eventually be chosen new leader, forcing Brown to look elsewhere to revive his political career.
He first turned his eyes to the race for the main chosen Peel Region Chair, however, observed those efforts quashed when the Ford government scrapped that decision in July and returned it to an appointed position.
Brown quickly shifted his focus to the Brampton mayoral race and set up together a strong campaign that saw him make up eight points in just a few weeks, according to a recent Forum Research poll.
The campaign was regularly dreadful with Jeffrey at one point considering it the most disruptive race she’d ever participated in.
Jeffrey first took office in 2014 after beating out longtime mayor Susan Fennell, gathering more than 50 percent of the vote only four years ago. She climbed to the mayor’s office after serving as a Brampton MPP with the Ontario Liberal Party between 2003 and 2014.
It stays to be perceived how the frosty relationship between the governing Ontario PC Party and Brown will play out now that Patrick Brown is chairman. Dark colored himself has conceded he and Ford aren’t the best of companions.
Several senior members from the PC Party turned out in support of Jeffrey’s re-election including Ford’s campaign manager, Michael Diamond.
Brown’s local support, which included a nod from former Ontario Premier and Brampton political icon, Bill Davis, seems to have tilted the scales in his favor.
Regardless, with a new mayor and four new councilors — for better or worse — Brampton council will have a very different look, feel and tone for the next four years.
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