9:54 p.m. Aurora Mayoralty Race
Incumbent Mayor Phyllis Morris, formerly a three-term councillor, and deputy mayor, failed to win re-election in the town of Aurora.
Fighting mostly on a pro-environment and anti-developer platform, Morris was defeated by Geoff Dawe by a margin of 4,500 votes.
Aurora’s code of conduct and its integrity-commissioner position have been hot topics during the campaign — a number of mayoral candidates have vowed to scrap the latter and take a close look at the former.
But the election has been relatively quiet compared to the raucous events of the summer of 2009, when Aurora council was bitterly divided, with one camp favouring Morris and the other, her vocal, long-time critic, Councillor Evelyn Buck.
The two were embroiled in a nasty battle that started with Buck’s outspoken political blog and culminated in a $5.2-million lawsuit that Buck filed against Morris and five other council members, alleging they abused their power by launching an ethics complaint against her.