Starr on verge of losing Mississauga council seat as Horneck poised for upset

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Published October 24, 2022 at 9:07 pm

Investigation of Mississauga councillor extended amid 'new allegations'

Embattled, longtime Mississauga city councillor Ron Starr is on the verge of losing his seat.

With 79.2 per cent of polls reporting, Joe Horneck, who ran unsuccessfully for council in Mississauga in 2014, is leading Starr by 5,690 votes to 2,512 votes in the Ward 6 race.

Muhammad Kamil is in third place, with 1,455 votes.

Unless Starr pulls off a comeback, Mississauga will have yet another new face on council come its inaugural meeting of the next term.

With three other councillors having retired, there were already going to be three new faces around the council table.

Starr, though not charged by police, was found earlier this summer by a City of Mississauga integrity commissioner investigation to have likely engaged in the harassment of former Mississauga Ward 2 councillor Karen Ras.

Joe Horneck

Ras had her vehicle vandalized/keyed on several occasions while parked in the City’s underground garage. She resigned this past February.

In his report, integrity commissioner Robert Swayze found that Starr scratched Ras’ vehicle on April 13, 2021 “and that the single incident of scratching constitutes workplace harassment” under the City’s respectful workplace policy.

Starr’s pay was suspended for 60 days as a result.

From the outset, Starr has denied that he vandalized Ras’ SUV.

Starr was first elected to council in 1978 and after a lengthy absence he returned in 2010.

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