Dilkens re-elected in Windsor, Holt concedes race (Video)

Chris Holt congratulates Drew Dilkens on election results, October 24, 2022. (Photo by Maureen Revait)

Drew Dilkens will serve a third term as the mayor of the City of Windsor.

After a campaign that focused on staying course, getting the hospital over the finish line, and financial prudence at city hall Dilkens brought in 52.51 per cent of the vote.

“The point of the campaign for me is that we are on the right track. We are making great investments, we are seeing great success in our community and I was the one who was going to keep us on that right track,” said Dilkens. “For me, tomorrow is just another work day, I am going to continue to press as hard as I did the day before and the week before and four years ago.”

The runner-up Chris Holt received 38.7 per cent of the vote. He said he is very proud of the campaign he ran and he has no regrets.

“We have nothing to be disappointed about. We raised things that were not going to be raised in this campaign, we changed the tone and the tenure of my opponent’s campaign and he adopted a lot of what we were talking about it,” said Holt.

He said ultimately he hopes Dilkens comes around on public transportation.

“Public transportation is a vital aspect of building a walkable, livable, sustainable, economically, environmentally community. We cannot have the City of Windsor that we want without investing in public transportation,” said Holt.

Dilkens said the residents who voted responded to his platform and he will continue to see it through.

“I am committed to representing all of Windsor, that’s what I’ve always done. I’ve always had our city’s interest at heart and I want to see our city succeed,” said Dilkens. “We’re succeeding by moving this hospital forward, we’re succeeding by seeing this battery factory built, we’re succeeding with all of the investments that we’ve been making over the years.”

Most incumbents were also voted back into their seats but there will be a few new faces around the council table.

In Ward 7, Angelo Marignani was elected unseating incumbent Jeewen Gill who served as councillor for just over two years after a by-election in 2020.

Downtown residents voted business owner Renaldo Agostino into the Ward 3 seat left vacant by Councillor Rino Bortolin.

In Ward 4, Mark McKenzie will take over the seat left empty by Holt. McKenzie beat out Jake Rondot by only 28 votes.

Voter turnout in the City of Windsor was 31.57 per cent.