Nadeem Mahmood, an IT professional, defeated Charline Grant, a longtime parent activist and runner-up in the 2018 election, to become Vaughan’s York Region School Board trustee, according to unofficial results from Thursday’s byelection.
Mahmoud, a 20-year Vaughan resident who served as co-chair of the Run for Canada charity, garnered 933 votes while Grant tallied 267 votes.
In March, Grant filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario over what she called the school board’s “discriminatory decision” not to appoint her as a trustee after earning 2,161 votes in the 2018 election.
The byelection for the Wards 1 and 2 seat was called after the abrupt resignation in January of Anna DeBartolo, a month into the new term.
Trustees decided, at a special board meeting in January, to hold a $177,000 byelection instead of appointing a replacement.
Voter turnout Thursday evening was just 4.05 per cent, with 1,750 out of 43,160 eligible voters casting a ballot for one of the 13 registered candidates.
Carol Chan, a former trustee for Richmond Hill, finished in third with 167 votes.
Marisa Giulietti, who withdrew from the race April 5 to lend her support to Grant, still had her name on the ballot as she pulled out after the March 11 deadline. She garnered 93 votes, according to unofficial results.