Peel Region municipal elections, 2018, were part of the larger Ontario municipal elections, that took place on Monday, October 22.
After ballots were cast, Patrick Brown was elected as the mayor of Brampton, Bonnie Crombie re-elected as the mayor of Mississauga and Allan Thompson re-elected as the mayor of Caledon .
The election was notable as it was intended to be the first ever direct election of the Peel Regional chair. However, the election of this position was cancelled after the Doug Ford government introduced The Better Local Government Act, 2018 (Bill 5) in August 2018.
Jim Tovey, Mississauga councillor for Ward 1, died suddenly in January 2018. Tovey was in the midst of planning for massive waterfront redevelopment.
In February 2018, Brampton councillor Chris Gibson announced his retirement in Wards 1 & 5. Officially a city councillor, he had been given the City's additional Regional seat for multiple terms.Regional councillor Elaine Moore, from the same wards, announced her retirement in late March.
Gael Miles retirement was made public the evening before the start of registration.Caledon's Doug Beffort retired.
In 2016, the provincial Liberal government announced voters in the 2018 election would elect regional chairs. Across the province, the selection of regional chairs varies, with some regional councils electing chairs while other chairs being selected by councillors. Peel Region traditionally appointed the regional chair from existing councillors.
In early 2018, the candidates for the position of regional chair began to be nominated.
Starting the year "85% sure" he would run,Ron Starr officially announced his intention to run for Regional Chair in late March 2018. Later, after the cancellation of the position, Starr withdrew to run for re-election in Ward 6.
Rumours that were circulating of Patrick Brown running for Regional chair were neither confirmed or denied, when asked by Metroland in May 2018. Brown was accused of sexual misconduct in January, which he denies, forcing his resignation as Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leader. He moved to Mississauga after being removed from the party caucus. He did not run for re-election as a Barrie MPP in the June provincial election.. Patrick Brown also withdrew from the race.
Mississauga councillor Nando Iannicca enrolled in July.
Bob Delaney, former MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville, registered in July. Charles Sousa and Harinder Takhar, also former MPPs, agreed to not run, in an effort to not split the vote.
Registered candidates included:
A shift in Ontario's government after the provincial elections, saw Doug Ford announce the cancellation of the voter elected position of regional chair in Peel.
While this prompted Brown to pull his Chair nomination, to run for Mayor of Brampton, Delaney continued his campaign, noting that the law had yet to pass.
Incumbent Frank Dale has indicated he may change his mind on retirement, according to The Mississauga News .
TVO journalist Steve Paikin has heard suggestion of the following candidates:
Former Caledon Regional councillor Barb Shaughnessy, who had run for Mayor of Caledon, indicated that she would not be pursuing the position.
Brampton had 313,273 eligible voters during the 2018 election. A total of 169 voting locations were open across the City.
In October 2017, incumbent Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey announced her intent to run for a second term.
Real estate lawyer Wesley Jackson was noted in a February 2018 Peel Daily News article as "hoping to become Brampton's next mayor."
In July, John Sprovieri announced his intention to run for Mayor of Brampton.Omar Mansoury withdrew.
On Election Day on October 22, Patrick Brown was declared the winner.
|Linda Jeffrey (X)||42,993||40.73|
|Vinod Kumar Mahesan||1,905||1.80|
Brampton Board of Trade is hosting debates of city council candidates throughout the day on September 17, 2018, through live stream, concluding with a Mayoral debate. Brown, Gosal, Jackson, Jeffrey, and Sprovieri were invited to the event. Questions were pre-selected from membership. According to the Guardian, the majority of the event saw "Brown and Sprovieri focusing much of their attention on Jeffrey’s record and vice versa."
The first Mayoral debate to allow physical attendance will be held September 20, 2018, at Sheridan College, Davis Campus, through The Pointer, an online news outlet for Brampton.
Brampton Focus hosted a debate on September 25 at the Rose Theatre Brampton, inviting Jeffrey, Brown, Gosal, and Sprovieri. Media reports suggest that the debate was often drowned out by cheering and jeering.
A debate was held by the Brampton Real Estate Board on October 4. All candidates were in attendance.
Prime Asia TV Canada hosted a debate on October 18.
Jeffrey held a fundraiser at the Albany Club of Toronto, a venue associated with the Conservative Party.
Forum Research, released October 19, 2018
|Linda Jeffrey||Patrick Brown||John Sprovieri||Other|
Incumbent Linda Jeffrey and candidate Patrick Brown both polled at 40%, John Sprovieri polled at 7%, Wesley Jackson at 5%, Bal Gosal at 4%, Vinod Kumar Mahesan at 4%, and Mansoor Ameersulthan at 1%.
Mainstreet Research, taken October 19, 2018
|Patrick Brown||Linda Jeffrey||John Sprovieri||Bal Gosal|
Mainstreet's numbers were based on decided voters; 5.6% of voters were voting for other candidates. The complete survey found 17.4% of all voters were undecided.
Moffat, Rai, Russo, and Vicente attended the Brampton Board of Trade debate.
Of the candidates, only McClelland has held political office, as a Liberal MPP. He surrendered his law license in 2015, after allegations of professional misconduct.
Russo is a citizen member of the City's Committee of Adjustment, serving as its chair.
|Regional Councillor Wards 1 & 5||Vote||%|
Bains, Campbell, Jones, and Palleschi attended the Brampton Board of Trade debate.
|Ward 2 & 6 Candidate||Vote||%|
|Michael Palleschi (X)||7,340||35.55|
|Gurpreet Kaur Bains||5,971||28.92|
|Everton Dwight Campbell||2,726||13.20|
Martin Medeiros won the wards over Shan Gill in 2014, by 100 votes.Incumbent Martin Medeiros lived in Mississauga in 2014, but began a move to Brampton, allowing him to run in the election. Resident Peter Bailey filed a legal proceeding to try and remove Medeiros from office, but was unsuccessful. The action was in advance of a vote on the then-Hurontario Main Light Rail Transit project, which Medeiros wanted and Bailey did not.
Former incumbent John Sanderson is a nominee for 2018; he ran for Mayor of Brampton in 2014, finishing second.Sanderson has noted that the 2018 campaign is the "dirtiest" he's experienced, blaming Medeiros for the tone.
Grewal, Kus, Medeiros, and Sanderson attended the Brampton Board of Trade debate.
|Ward 3 & 4 Candidate||Vote||%|
|Martin Medeiros (X)||7,551||38.83|
Pat Fortini is the incumbent for the wards.
Cody Vatcher has been critical of Mayor Jeffrey, suggesting that she "simply never learned to graciously accept defeat," when her votes were defeated.
Bruce Marshall has the endorsement of retiring incumbent Gael Miles.
All of the candidates attended the Brampton Board of Trade debate.
|Ward 7 & 8 Candidate||Vote||%|
|Pat Fortini (X)||10,299||52.65|
All three candidates attended the Brampton Board of Trade debate.
|Ward 7 & 8 Candidate||Vote||%|
|Gurpreet Singh Dhillon||14,330||55.46|
Amratlal Mistry withdrew from the race.
Boucher, Pimentel, Santos, and Tatangelo attended the Brampton Board of Trade debate.
Pimentel spent 30 years as a City of Brampton employee.
|Abdul Qayyum Chaudhry||843||4.87|
|Karanjit Singh Pandher||814||4.70|
Gurpreet Kaur Bains has withdrawn.
Chambers, Mann, and Pearce attended the Brampton Board of Trade debate. Whillans, chair of a hospital fundraiser golf tournament, was unable to attend. The tournament was scheduled in March.
|Doug Whillans (X)||5,968||28.99|
|M. Joseph Shaji||906||4.40|
|Ojie F. Eghobor||744||3.61|
Hansra and Rennie attended the Brampton Board of Trade debate. Incumbent Bowman was unable to attend, due to the debate beig scheduled against a hospital fundraising golf tournament, of which he is vice-chair, and had been scheduled since March.Candidate Nishi Sidhu also cited a "previous engagement", and Omar Mansoury accepted the invitation but did not attend.
Bowman has taken time off work at City Hall to campaign, noting that other incumbents continued to collect a wage during their campaigning.
|Jeff Bowman (X)||9,950||52.12|
|Harpreet Singh Hansra||4,361||22.84|
Martin Singh and Charmaine Williams were in attendance at the Brampton Board of Trade debate.
Dhaliwal's election advertising is shared with Region incumbent Pat Fortini.
Dabb, Farquharson, Singh, and Tharani attended the Brampton Board of Trade debate whilst various other prominent debates have included Singh, Dabb, Gupta and Sidhu among the candidates.
In January 2018, Allan Thompson confirmed that he'd be seeking re-election.
Mayor, registered candidates
|Allan Thompson (X)||7,392||45.37|
On September 24, the candidates discussed Bolton development at the Inglewood Community Centre.
A Mayoral debate, which would have also been a debate for Ward 5 councillors, was scheduled and cancelled.A resident organized a new debate, for October 9. The event had extensive debate on a new paramedic deployment model.
Rob Mezzapelliand Doug Beffort are both retiring from area council. Gord McClure has yet to announce intent.
William Motley-Bailey was registered, but withdrew.
|John N. Rutter||210||5.23|
Downey's campaign literature included free children's passes for the Brampton Fall Fair, passes available for free at schools and stores. Corrigan has objected to the practice, as a possible breach of municipal campaign laws.
|Johanna Downey (X)||3,013||76.67|
|Nick deBoer (X)||2,319||56.19|
|Jennifer Innis (X)||2,877||68.50|
Candidates for Ward 5 Regional and Area Councillor, as well as Mayoral candidates, will appear in a debate organized by a resident, after a scheduled debate was cancelled.
|Annette Groves (X)||3,150||60.81|
During the campaign, former Mississauga News editor John Stewart noted that the election was marked by a dearth of information or debates, in contrast to previous elections.
Bonnie Crombie was the incumbent and re-elected by the people of Mississauge on October 22, 2018.
Kevin J. Johnston announced his intention to run in March 2018. Peel Regional Police charged Johnston in July 2017 with "willfully promoting hatred, a charge under the Criminal Code of Canada that carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail," according to Mississauga News .Johnston withdrew his mayoral candidacy on July 25th and registered to run for Ward 9 city councillor instead. Then on July 26, withdrew his councillor candidacy and re-registered as a mayoral candidate. Johnston stated in September to be talking with four organizations a day. Johnston ran for the same position in the previous election, placing 11th out of 15.
|Bonnie Crombie (X)||91,422||76.68|
|Kevin J. Johnston||16,079||13.49|
|Scott E. W. Chapman||4,563||3.83|
|Tiger Meng Wu||989||0.83|
|Syed Qumber Rizvi||752||0.63|
University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union hosted a debate on October 4, that was attended by Chapman, Crombie, Lee, Pouragheli, and Rizvi. They confirmed that Johnston was not invited.
Dave Cook is the appointed incumbent for Ward 1. As per promise on receiving the position,he did not stand for election in the 2018 contest. Cook replaced elected councillor Jim Tovey, who died in January 2018.
Former Conservative Party of Canada federal MP Brad Butt, currently the Mississauga Board of Trade Director of Government Relations, is a notable candidate.Butt intended to run in Ward 6, where he lives, but changed his intentions when Ron Starr re-entered that race, after the cancellation of the Regional Chair election.
Kristian Velkoski withdrew to run for a public school board trustee.
An all-candidates debate was held September 19, by ratepayers' groups; Marco Pedri did not attend. Topics discussed including speeding reduction, the Lakeview zoning by-law, and cannabis stores.The ward was later profiled by Mississauga News. Three residents' associations held another debate, featuring Burke, Butt, Dasko, Hart, Roque and Setaram. The remaining candidates, Mancini and Pedri, did not attend.
|Ward 1 Candidate||Vote||%|
The incumbent is Karen Ras. She was unopposed until the final week of nominations.
|Ward 2 Candidate||Vote||%|
|Karen Ras (X)||7,820||92.77|
The ward incumbent is Chris Fonseca.
|Ward 3 Candidate||Vote||%|
|Chris Fonseca (X)||8,337||74.28|
The ward incument is John Kovac.
|Ward 4 Candidate||Vote||%|
|John Kovac (X)||5,818||52.71|
|Grant G. Gorchynski||2,316||20.98|
|Duc Thanh Tran||266||2.41|
The ward incumbent is Carolyn Parrish.
Nikki Clarke was registered as a candidate, but disqualified. Clarke had waited until the last day of the nomination period to file her papers, and was soliciting signatures from City staff. This prompted incumbent Carolyn Parrish to ask for a review of the paperwork by the Clerk's department. A total of 8 discrepancies were found in signatures, and the nominee was not allowed to replace those signatures. Clarke came a close second in the 2018 provincial election, running for the NDP in Mississauga—Malton.
Some of the candidates talked to the Mississauga News about issues important to them.Malton Community Building Project hosted a candidate event on October 9.
|Ward 5 Candidate||Vote||%|
|Carolyn Parrish (X)||6,798||63.87|
Incumbent councillor Ron Starr was the first person to announce candidacy for the Region of Peel Chair, telling city council in March of his intention to register. By the end of July, Starr suggested the race was not being taken seriously by others, deciding to drop out of contention and re-register for his incumbent ward, suggesting that he could do more in his existing position.
Tahir Ali, Syed Mohammad Jaffery, Fazli Manan, and Avtar Minhas have withdrawn.
|Ward 6 Candidate||Vote||%|
|Ron Starr (X)||4,859||36.24|
|Al De Ascentiis||410||3.06|
Incumbent councillor Nando Iannicca retired from this riding, and re-emerged later in the nomination period as a candidate for Chair of the Region of Peel.
Dipika Damerla, former MPP for Mississauga East-Cooksville and Minister of Seniors Affairs, announced her candidacy for the ward in mid-July.
|Ward 7 Candidate||Vote||%|
|Lee Ann Cole||822||7.43|
|Leslie N Moss||179||1.62|
|Peter Michael van Sluytman||70||0.63|
The incumbent is Matt Mahoney. He was unopposed until the final week of nominations.
|Ward 8 Candidate||Vote||%|
|Matt Mahoney (X)||9,979||79.69|
|Tariq Ali Shah||535||4.27|
|Abdul Azeem Baig||413||3.30|
The incumbent is Pat Saito. She was unopposed until the final week of nominations.
Kevin J. Johnston was briefly nominated in the ward.
|Ward 9 Candidate||Vote||%|
|Pat Saito (X)||7,732||77.93|
|Syed Mohammad Jaffery||644||6.49|
Candidate Mazin Al-Ezzi got into an extended spat with a Ward 10 resident over lawn sign, using "derogatory language" and insulting "the residents repeatedly."Incumbent Sue McFadden described the incident as "scary", while Al-Ezzi says that the resident tried to goad him on every time he intended to leave.
|Ward 10 Candidate||Vote||%|
|Sue McFadden (X)||10,438||90.11|
The incumbent in the ward is George Carlson. The candidates have talked to Mississauga News about issues important to them.
|Ward 11 Candidate||Vote||%|
|George Carlson (X)||6,581||68.98|
|Pardeep Kumar Khunger||850||8.91|
Hiteshkumar Prajapati, Raman Rakkar, and Vipul Shah withdrew their nominations.
Basmat and Cameron debated the issues at an October 9 event.
Incumbent Janet McDougald has announced her retirement.
Rick Williams was the incumbent.
Hasan Imam has withdrawn.
Lili Schermel has withdrawn.
Incumbent Shawn Xaviour was declared by acclamation.
A trustee candidate debate was held on October 9, however only Roman showed up for the event.
Incumbent Mario Pascucci was declared by acclamation.
Glynis D'Souza withdrew.
Incumbent Bruno Iannicca was declared by acclamation.
Trustee, Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Trustee, Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir
Mississauga|url=https://www.mississauga.com/news-story/8314956--i-m-going-to-do-it-man-accused-of-hate-crime-against-muslims-says-he-s-running-for-mayor-of-mississauga/%7Caccessdate=8 March 2018|work=Mississauga News|date=8 March 2018|location=Mississauga ON}}</ref> Johnston withdrew his mayoral candidacy on July 25th and registered to run for Ward 9 city councillor instead.Then on July 26, withdrew his councillor candidacy and re-registered as a mayoral candidate.