David Chernushenko won convincingly in his bid for re-election in Capital Ward.
Councillor David Chernushenko took on six challengers in Capital Ward four years ago during his first run at the job and won with just 41 per cent of the vote. On Monday, the ex-consultant faced just two rivals and he blew by them with 77 per cent of the tally.
His main challenger, Scott Blurton, had singled out high unemployment rates for students and poor relations between developers and residents as major issues.
But, while the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park had once triggered lawsuits and criticisms of the city’s planning ability, the unfolding of the project has prompted a re-assessment. The city’s partnership with Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group has more recently been seen as a plus, at least for homeowners. Indeed, among the issues that arose during the campaign was rising house prices, which are making the ward unaffordable for younger families and seniors. It is something Chernushenko says he intends to address during his second term as councillor.
Scott Blurton 1788
David Chernushenko 7206
Espoir Manirambona 322
Eligible voters: 24975
Ballots cast: 9696
Turnout %: 38.82