M Carnovale again

12 Jan
Maria Carnovale

Maria Carnovale

By Joshua Freeman

Maria Carnovale is the new Area 3 trustee for the York Catholic District School Board.

“I’m thrilled. I’m very honoured my community has given me this vote of confidence,” Carnovale said.

She beat out 13 others Monday to win the spot previously held by her husband, Micheal Carnovale. A special by-election was called after the five-term trustee lost a battle with cancer in September.

“It’s hard to fill Micheal’s shoes, because he really was a giant in the community,” Carnovale said.

However she said the idea of running was not new to her.

“We had talked about me running years ago,” she said. “I’ve always had a passion for politics. I’ve always listened and watched Micheal at work. I’ve always shared that passion with him.”

Carnovale said after her husband passed away, supporters convinced her to run.

“I was approached by so many people saying ‘you’ve got to run,’” she said.

Unsure she’d be able to grieve and run a campaign at the same time, Carnovale was hesitant at  first.

“But I think it was the best thing for me. I just felt this closeness to Micheal campaigning and continuing his work. It’s a challenge I had to take up, encouraged by all of our supporters, community and the church.”

With 32 per cent of the vote, she took far less than her husband’s 84 per cent vote share in the 2006 election. However with so many candidates vying for the open job, the vote was spread thin. The nearest competition, Margherita Thurlow, finished with 20.05 per cent.

Overall voter turnout was also low, with just 10.7 per cent, or 2,101 eligible voters showing up at the polls.

However Carnovale said it was difficult to expect otherwise given the election was the third in as many months for Area 3 voters, as well as the fact the campaign overlapped with the holiday season. She also said it was difficult to meet people on their doorsteps in the cold of winter.

“A lot of people did have election fatigue,” Carnovale said. “And nobody wants to talk to you before Christmas. They’re too busy shopping!”

Moving forward Carnovale said she’ll work to keep open lines of communication between parents and school officials.


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