Burlington school trustee resigns, by-election called

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Published February 16, 2023 at 2:43 pm

The sudden resignation of a Burlington public school trustee has prompted a call for a by-election.

Matthew Diodati, elected for the first time in October, submitted his resignation this past weekend which was accepted at the meeting of the Halton District School Board last night (Feb, 15). Diodati represented Burlington Wards 1 & 2.

Matthew Diodati

No reason was given for Diodati leaving us just three months into his term. His resignation letter stated he could no longer fulfill the duties of a trustee. He could not be reached for comment.

At last night’s meeting, the board declared the seat vacant and decided the by-election was necessary rather than appointing a trustee.

Having the by-election will cost the school board $180,ooo and could take up to four months to be held.

The election will take place through the City of Burlington only in Wards 1 & 2. How the election process will take place and the time period have not yet been announced.

Diodati, 39, who works in the financial sector, gained the position in the October 24 municipal election earning 55 per cent of the vote. He replaced Leah Reynolds who did not run for re-election.

Other candidates who unsuccessfully ran for the seat in October were Sebastian Dumitresecu-Georgescu and Omar Kayed.

 

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