Gary Carr easily holds onto Halton Region Chair title, will serve fifth straight term

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Published October 24, 2022 at 11:12 pm

Voters in Halton have handed Gary Carr his fifth consecutive term as chair of Halton Region.

With 123 of 124 polls in Halton reporting, Carr leads former Burlington Conservative MPP Jane McKenna by more than 16,000 votes, 51,570 to 35,562. Andrea Grebenc, the former chair of the Halton District School Board, finished third with 20,171 votes.

Gary Carr has been chair of Halton Region since 2006 and this is his fifth consecutive election victory.

Carr, 67, first entered politics as a Conservative MPP from 1990 to 2003 serving the riding of Oakville South. He was Speaker of the House beginning in 1999. He did not seek re-election in 2003.

In 2004, Carr ran as a Liberal in the federal riding of Halton, winning a two-year term before losing in 2006 to Garth Turner.

Later in 2006 he ran for chair of Halton Region, defeating Brent Marshall to start a 16-year run in the position. One that will stretch to 20 by the time this term is over.

McKenna, 63, decided not to run for re-election in the fairly safe riding of Burlington in June’s provincial election. McKenna had been the MPP from 2011 to 2014 and again from 2018 to 2022.

McKenna first stepped into politics with a failed run at the Ward 1 councillor’s seat in Burlington, where she lost to incumbent Rick Craven. She won the provincial election in 2011, lost in 2014 to Liberal Eleanor McMahon before retaking the seat in 2018.

Andrea Grebenc decided to make a run at the Halton Region’s chair position after serving eight years on the Halton District School Board, including the last four as chair.

Grebenc has also worked as a consultant with CompuStep Inc. and is a long-time instructor at McMaster University’s web design program.

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