Shawn Menard defeats incumbent David Chernushenko in Capital ward

By Elizabeth Payne and Manaka Raman-Wilms, Ottawa Citizen, October 22, 2018

Shawn Menard pulled off a major upset in Capital ward Monday night, defeating two-term incumbent David Chernushenko and three other strong contenders to win the seat on city council.

“Folks, a political revolution has come to Ottawa,” he told cheering supporters.

Menard, the most progressive of the candidates running in Capital ward, promised to push for free transit in the city and a mansion tax on homes sold for more than $3 million. “The top one per cent in this world needs to be taxed more often so the many can benefit.”

(...)Chernuschenko said he was disappointed but knew he faced tough competition. In 2014, he won the ward with 77 per cent of the vote.

“I could see right from the outset that I faced really strong campaigns. I upped my game like I never have before. I had incredible people, and the feedback was great. So frankly, I am very surprised.”

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