Council candidate in Mississauga has close ties to Brampton mayor

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Published August 22, 2022 at 3:15 pm

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Her name might not jump off the list of candidates battling it out for the Ward 2 councillor’s seat in Mississauga as the Oct. 24 municipal election fast approaches.

But Silvia Gualtieri, one of eight hopefuls looking to replace Karen Ras, who resigned the seat earlier this year, has some well-known family members operating in political circles.

Gualtieri, with deep roots in Mississauga dating back generations, is the mother-in-law of Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and sister of Mississauga-Lakeshore MPP Rudy Cuzzetto.

She and seven other candidates, including 2014 runner-up Sue Shanly and third-place finisher Alvin Tedjo, are hoping to be a more permanent replacement in Ward 2 come this fall.

Former longtime councillor Pat Mullin has kept her old Ward 2 seat warm for the past six months or so since Ras’ resignation due to issues with council colleague Ron Starr and accusations of harassment against him.

Shanly, chair of the umbrella ratepayer group MIRANET, fell short of Ras’ 2014 vote total by only 453 votes.

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