THUNDER BAY – The Women in Politics group are applauding the results from last night’s municipal elections across Northwestern Ontario. Several female candidates have been elected across the northwestern Ontario region.
The group shares, in the City of Thunder Bay, at large councilor Rebecca Johnson was elected for a fourth term, Neebing representative Linda Rydholm was elected for a third term and the most exciting outcome of the night, newcomer Shelby Ch’ng has been elected for the first time in the Northwood Ward. Adding to that list is Wendy Landry as Shuniah Reeve and Levina Collins to the Nipigon Town Council.
“We are extremely pleased to see women being represented at all levels of municipal politics,” said Rebecca Johnson, re-elected councilor and Women in Politics chairperson. “Our goal has always been to support women in their efforts and ultimately improve our numbers overall. We appear to be moving in the right direction. This is a real breakthrough and it feels like something very significant has happened.”
The Women in Politics group is now reviewing the results of the election and will provide a report later in November that will reflect statistical information. Results thus far indicate that Thunder Bay City Council will see the addition of one female representative and did see an overall increase in the number of female candidates.
“We wish to congratulate those who were successful,” continues Johnson. “Our group will continue in our efforts to support, encourage and mentor women candidates at all levels of government.”