By Shaneza Subhan
Scarborough Southwest councillor Gary Crawford has been re-elected in Ward 36 with 52 per cent of the vote compared to 31 per cent for runner-up Robert Spencer.
Crawford, the incumbent, focused his campaign on development and revitalization in Scarborough.
One of the main issues in Scarborough was transit and connecting Scarborough with the rest of Toronto.
Crawford was a Ford supporter when he was first elected in 2010 and a member of Toronto council’s executive committee.
His support for Rob Ford ended when the crack scandal broke. Crawford is also known for painting a portrait of the mayor for his mother as a favour.
After Crawford’s victory, supporters were overwhelmed with excitement, celebrating with drinks in hand, high spirits and big smiles.
Elsewhere in Scarborough, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly has been re-elected as councillor for Ward 35, by a whopping 85 per cent.
Also re-elected by a large margin is Paul Ainslie in Ward 43 with 74 per cent of the vote.
Raymond Cho has been re-elected in Ward 42 with 49 per cent.