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Change at the top
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Published: Monday, November 1st, 2010
As of early in the morning on October 26, the municipal election was declared to be finished, meaning those ugly candidate signs will disappear from people's front lawns. That's not the only change that will be happening in the city.
The mayoral race was tight; early on, incumbent Anne Marie DeCicco-Best led Joe Fontana by just two percentage points. The race went back and forth for most of the evening, with only a few hundred votes separating the two at each count. At the end of the night, DeCicco-Best's decade-long reign as mayor came to an end, as Fontana beat her by just over 2,500 votes.
DeCicco-Best was quoted in the London Free Press as having said that she will not run for mayor again.
The night was a stark contrast to the previous election in 2006, when DeCicco-Best beat Fontana by 22,000 votes.
Many ward elections had exciting races too. Ward 3 – Fanshawe's ward – saw a close race between Joe Swan, Henry Zupanc and Ali Haidar. With just over 350 votes separating them at the end of the night, Swan beat Zupanc with 33.7 per cent of the vote. With incumbent Bernie MacDonald set to retire in November, this could mean big changes for the northeast corner of the city.
Mayor: Joe Fontana
Ward 1: Bud Polhill
Ward 2: Bill Armstrong
Ward 3: Joe Swan
Ward 4: Stephen Orser
Ward 5: Joni Baechler
Ward 6: Nancy Branscombe
Ward 7: Matt Brown
Ward 8: Paul Hubert
Ward 9: Dale Henderson
Ward 10: Paul Van Meerbergen
Ward 11: Denise Brown
Ward 12: Harold Usher
Ward 13: Judy Bryant
Ward 14: Sandy White