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WARD 6: Chew becomes first known visible minority on council

New councilor Ken Yee Chew for Ward 6 along with incumbent Dominique O'Rourke
Ward 6 councilors Dominique O'Rourke and Ken Yee Chew.

Dominique O'Rourke wins her seat again in Ward 6 along with first-time councillor Ken Yee Chew.

As the final votes were counted O'Rourke had 3,330 votes and Chew had 2,624 votes.

Chew defeated councillor Mark MacKinnon, who finished third by 408 votes.

In the 2018 Guelph municipal election O'Rourke won a seat in Ward 6 with 4,133 votes along with MacKinnon with 3,137 votes.

Chew is the first known visible minority in Guelph's council history. He is Chinese/Malaysian/Canadian and moved to Guelph seven years ago from Vancouver.

"It was brought up earlier today for the first time. I wasn't too sure actually, whether there had been a visible minority that had run and was successful on council," said Chew.

"There's a huge responsibility to make sure these voices are represented on council," he said.

Chew said he and his team were methodical in their approach and engage support from the community.

"It was quite tough. Pretty tight. You don't beat an incumbent easily, right. We're very humbled by the win," he said.

"I think on the development files there are some alignments that we have," Chew said, and is looking forward to working with O'Rourke. 

He said he thinks there is some common ground between them and both are centrist in their opinions. 

"She's become a fixture in this community," he said. "I look forward to learning from her as well."

O'Rourke said she is thrilled to have the confidence of Ward 6 again and look forward to being on council.

"I am happy to see strong representation of women around council as well," said O'Rourke. 

In 2018 MacKinnon welcomed me as a new ward mate and I absolutely welcome Ken, she said. "Both he and Mark ran great campaigns and it will be great to have diversity on council and lots of new faces including Ken's."

It is important to keep the South End Recreation Centre as a priority at council, said O'Rourke. "I heard overwhelmingly at the door people were satisfied. They were happy with the representation. They really like enhanced communication."


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Santana Bellantoni

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Santana Bellantoni was born and raised in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. As a general assignment reporter for Guelph Today she is looking to discover the communities, citizens and quirks that make Guelph a vibrant city.
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