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Will this year's federal race be Fantino vs Sorbara in Vaughan?
May 26, 2015
By Adam Martin-Robbins

Vaughan residents could once again find themselves represented by a man named Sorbara - only this time at the federal level.

Francesco Sorbara, a "distant relative" of former longtime MPP Greg Sorbara, is set to be acclaimed as the Liberal candidate for Vaughan-Woodbridge June 4 at Montecassino Banquet & Event Venue, 140 Jevlan Dr. The event gets under way at 7 p.m.

“I look forward to talking about the issues that impact the citizens of Vaughan including pensions, jobs, health care and traffic,” the 43-year-old father of two said Friday shortly after learning his bid to become the candidate would be uncontested.

“Voters in Vaughan are engaged in the issues. They care about their community, they care about the future and they're concerned that the current government is not leading the country and Vaughan in the right direction,” he said.

It’s not certain, at this point, if Sorbara will square off against incumbent Conservative MP Julian Fantino in the upcoming election, currently slated for October.

The local Tory riding association has yet to hold a nomination meeting and Fantino hasn’t responded to repeated requests for comment.

But the former top cop, first elected in 2011 and currently serving as associate minister of national defence, has said in previous interviews he intends to run.

NDP candidate Adriana Zichy is also vying to capture the local seat.