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Wayne Emmerson is new chair of York Region

Defeats Newmarket councillor in two-man race
Dec. 11, 2014
By Lisa Queen

Former Whitchurch-Stouffville mayor Wayne Emmerson is York Region's new chairperson.

He won the region's top political job, beating out Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor, 16 votes to 4.

Markham Regional Councillor Jim Jones bowed out of race, backing Emmerson.

Emmerson was mayor of Whitchurch-Stouffville and a member of regional council for 17 years.

"The top (regional) priority is to deliver transportation improvements - VIVA, roads, GO rail, and highways - to address congestion," the lifelong Stouffville resident said earlier this week. "Thankfully, we’re at a pivotal time with the province funding $1.8B of VIVA service improvements. Opening new rapidways that make commute times shorter is a priority."

"...I’ll also advocate: maintaining property tax rate changes at the rate of inflation; vigorously pursuing new employers and ensuring we remain on a strong financial footing."

Tonight marks the first time since 1997 an election for the position of York Region chair and CEO has taken place, following four successful acclamations for Bill Fisch, who retired this month.