Shurman edges Farber to win Thornhill
October 6, 2011
Peter Shurman is the first MPP ever re-elected in the riding of Thornhill.
The announcement, by campaign chair Richard Ciano, drew applause and cheers from supports at the PC candidate’s “wrap-up party” at 10:30 pm.
The riding has flip-flopped back and forth between Liberals and Conservatives, with the incumbent turfed out with each election in previous votes, but this time the incumbent was invited back by Thornhill voters.
Gila Martow, the riding association president, credited a strong campaign and a strong incumbent.
“We’ve got the same volunteers here, federally and provincially, and we run like a well-oiled machine,” she said.
“And Peter didn’t just get elected and say ‘oh well, we’re in opposition’ and have no voice. He did get out there and was well-known in the legislature.”
That’s why the Liberals chose such a strong candidate to run against him, she said. Bernie Farber, also well known in the community, was hand-picked by the Liberals “because Peter was a thorn in their side.”