Harkirat Singh and Gurpreet Dhillon win Brampton Wards 9 and 10 seats

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Gurpreet Dhillon

Dhillon elected to a region, Singh picked for city council.

The Wards 9 and 10 race resembled a game of musical chairs, and Gurpreet Dhillon and Harkirat Singh have crowned the victors on Monday, Oct. 22. Dhillon was chosen regional council while Singh was councilors as the riding’s representative on city council.

Harkirat Singh

What made the race interesting is the two seats were vacant, however, the two men have held a position in the Brampton political spectrum during the past term.

Dhillon vacated the riding’s city council spot to keep running for the regional seat vacated by mayoral candidate John Sprovieri. Meanwhile, Singh was the Wards 9 and 10’s Peel District School Board trustee and opted to run for the vacant city seat.

“It’s an opportunity we start focusing on your jobs now, not the councilors jobs,” Dhillon said during his victory party at Chandni Banquet Hall. “We want to focus on building businesses, improving our transit, prioritizing (Ryerson) University and improving community safety for everyone.”

Dhillon, who was also the NDP’s candidate for Brampton-Springdale in the 2014 provincial election, received the majority part of votes (14,319 – 55.52 percent) in the riding. Michelle Shaw was runner-up with 6,246 votes (24.22 percent) and former Wards 9 and 10 councilor Vicky Dhillon was third with 5,228 (20.27 percent).

Singh claimed the city council seat with 42.93 percent of votes (10,801), followed by Michael Farquharson (4,603 votes – 18.29 percent) and Rohit Sidhu (3,891 votes – 15.47 percent).

Singh, also a professor at Humber and Lambton Colleges, said he will do his part to help take out disruptiveness at city council. It starts with working under a newly appointed mayor, former Ontario PC Party leader Patrick Brown.