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Yeung Racco enters Vaughan municipal race

Former Thornhill MPP candidate seeking re-election

Sept. 2, 2014
By Simone Joseph

Sandra Yeung Racco is back for another election.

This time she’s running for re-election as the Ward 4 Thornhill councillor for the City of Vaughan in the Oct. 27 municipal vote.

She formally registered with the city on Friday.

With the deadline for nominations nearing on Sept. 12, so far she is up against candidates Styles Q. Weinberg and Jonathan Gorenstein.

Her campaign to be Thornhill’s member of provincial parliament for the Liberal Party took some unusual turns in June.

First, it was announced Yeung Racco had won the seat, recording 85 votes more than Conservative candidate Gila Martow in unofficial results. Then, after the official tabulation had been done, Elections Ontario confirmed a rare “clerical error” was made election night at the Returning Office in Thornhill.

When the tabulation error was corrected, Martow was up by 85 votes and declared Thornhill MPP.

Then a recount was requested by Yeung Racco, and when it concluded at the Newmarket courthouse at the end of June, Martow was shown to be elected by 106 votes.

In an interview published in The Liberal after the recount, a disappointed Yeung Racco said: “as for the municipal election, I will speak to my family, friends and colleagues on whether to seek a fourth term and make a decision later this year.”

Yeung Racco was also the Liberal candidate in the February byelection, which Martow also won.

That byelection was triggered by the resignation of PC MPP Peter Shurman. The riding has bounced back and forth between the Liberals and PCs.