After four years out of office, Fred Eisenberger has won a second chance at serving as mayor of Hamilton. 

With 100 per cent of the polls reporting, he led with 39.9 per cent of the vote. Rounding out the top three were outgoing councillors Brad Clark and Brian McHattie, who tallied 31.5 and 20.4 per cent of the vote, respectively. Voter turnout was a low 34.02 per cent, down from about 40 per cent four years ago.

He will lead a council with four new faces and a broader diversity of backgrounds, including the city's first African-Canadian councillor, its first openly gay councillor and adding a fourth woman to council.With his victory in Monday’s election, Eisenberger, who was Hamilton’s mayor from 2006 to 2010, will be the first person to serve more than one term as chief magistrate in the city’s post-amalgamation history. 

In addition to the new faces on council, the public school board is looking at seven new faces out of 11 seats.

In an interview with CBC Hamilton, Eisenberger said it feels “absolutely fantastic” to be the comeback kid, and that he was “thrilled” Hamilton would re-elect their former mayor.

“I’ve won some (elections) and I’ve lost some and I can tell you winning is a lot more fun,” said Eisenberger. 

He also congratulated fellow front-runners Clark and McHattie and thanked them for their years of service with the city.

He also said the new city council would be looking at the ideas they brought forward to see if the new council could incorporate those ideas.

“We’ve pretty much talked about the same thing but in different ways,” Eisenberger said. “There are many good ideas, and I’m not going to dismiss any of them.”

Four new councillors

Matthew Green - Ward 3

Matthew Green, 33, has won in the race for Ward 3's council seat. (Supplied Photo)

With the election of four new councillors who ran to fill vacant seats, council will be more diverse in the coming term. Matthew Green, a 33-year-old African Canadian entrepreneur and social activist, will fill the Ward 3 seat that was held by Bernie Morelli from 1991 until his death in January. Aidan Johnson, a lawyer who is openly gay, is replacing McHattie as councillor for Ward 1. And city hall is adding another woman councillor: Arlene VanderBeek, who came out on top in the race to succeed Dundas's Russ Powers. 

"I'm feeling pretty amazed by the work that we put in over the 365 days, culminating in the last 20 minutes," Green told CBC Hamilton about his win on Monday night. "My plan is to continue to do the work that's been started through all the campaign."

Of her election to council, VanderBeek said: "Tonight, the overriding feeling is the number of people who ordinarily never show political stripes, who went out on a limb to support me. That was overwhelming... It just proves to me what we really love about Dundas is that it's such a close community. It brought that home tonight."

Businessman Doug Conley has been elected as councillor of Ward 9, which Clark has represented since 2006. 

Wave of wins for incumbents

All incumbents councillors in the running won re-election, most by huge margins. In the lower city, incumbents Jason Farr (Ward 2), Sam Merulla (Ward 4), Chad Collins (Ward 5) won re-election handily. Merulla picked up  80% of the vote,  Collins 70%, Farr 66%.

Mountain councillors Tom Jackson (Ward 6), Scott Duvall (Ward 7) and Terry Whitehead (Ward 8) also received strong mandates. Flamborough councillors Judi Partridge (Ward 15) and Robert Pasuta (Ward 14) were re-elected, as well as Glanbrook's Brenda Johnson (Ward 11), Stoney Creek's Maria Pearson (Ward 10) and Ancaster's Lloyd Ferguson (Ward 12). 

Judi Partridge

All of the incumbent councillors vying for re-election won their seats — including Flamborough's Judi Partridge. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

After months at hinting at his intention to run, Eisenberger officially launched his campaign in late March of this year, just weeks after incumbent mayor Bob Bratina said he didn’t plan on seeking a second term.

It was then that Eisenberger said he’d learned lessons since his last stint in office, which saw a protracted debate over where to locate the new Pan Am stadium. He lost his bid for re-election, coming third behind Bratina, the runaway winner, and another former mayor, Larry Di Ianni.

“I was somewhat impatient for change last time around," Eisenberger said in March, while filing his nomination papers. "I’m going to ensure I’m more patient this time around.”

In a surprise to some observers, Eisenberger gained the public endorsement of former mayor Larry Di Ianni, whom he unseated in 2006’s mayoral contest, in April.

LRT looms large in mayoral election

The plan to install a 13-kilometre, $860-million light-rail transit line across Hamilton’s lower city has dominated the headlines over this year’s municipal election cycle. Long ambivalent about the proposal, which the province has promised to fund in full, Bratina recently endorsed Clark, a Stoney Creek councillor who has come out as a staunch opponent of LRT. Clark has championed enhanced bus service as a cheaper, more sensible choice for Hamilton’s public transportation needs.

Heralding a vision for a “New Hamilton,” McHattie positioned himself as the most eager proponent of the LRT development. He said to go back on council’s 2013 decision to go endorse the LRT plan – councillors made their support contingent on full funding from the province – would be a missed opportunity for Hamilton.

“It seems Brad Clark wants to let the entire provincial rapid transit investment go to another city,” he said earlier in October.

Though a vocal LRT supporter, having advocated for the plan in his previous term as mayor, Eisenberger carved out ideological middle ground between Clark and McHattie, calling for a citizen’s panel to assess the proposal.

Eisenberger, who spent two of the last four years as the CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute, has said he’s “confident” the panel would end up endorsing the LRT plan. 

New-look school boards

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board will look radically different in the next term. Seven new trustees — including Christine Bingham (Wards 1 and 2), Larry Pattison Jr. (Ward 3), Kathy Archer (Ward 6), Dawn Danko (Ward 7), Jeff Beattie (Wards 9 and 10), Greg Van Geffen (Ward 14) and Penny Deathe (Ward 15) — were elected to seats vacated by last term's incumbents. Ray Mulholland (Ward 4), Todd White (Ward 5), Wes Hicks (Ward 8) and Alex Johnstone (Wards 11 and 12) each held onto their seats.

Three new faces will serve on the Catholic school board. Aldo D'Intino defeated incumbent Sam Agostino in Ward 5. Anthony Perri (Wards 3 and 4) and Joseph Baiardo (Ward 6) won in races where incumbents weren't running. Mark Valvasori (Wards 1 and 2), John Valvasori (Ward 8) and Mary Nardini and Paul DiFrancesco (Wards 9, 10 and 11) were re-elected. Patrick Daly (Ward 7) and Carolyn Cornale (Wards 12, 13, 14, and 15) were each acclaimed. 

Click on the tabs below to check out detailed results for Hamilton's mayoral, council and trustee races. 

Mayor
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Michael Baldasaro 3518  
IND Ejaz Butt 1579  
IND Mike Clancy 821  
IND Brad Clark 38706  
IND Fred Eisenberger 49020
IND Warrand Francis 278  
IND Nick Iamonico 444  
IND Crystal Lavigne 1910  
IND Brian Mchattie 25020  
IND Michael A. Pattison 763  
IND Phil Ryerson 269  
IND Ricky Tavares 428  
Councillor - Ward 1
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Jason Allen 1050  
IND Tony Greco 1024  
IND Aidan Johnson 3030
IND Brian Lewis 641  
IND Ira Rosen 600  
IND Sandy Shaw 2390  
Councillor - Ward 2
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Ed Dallas 143  
IND Jason Farr 4078
IND Kristina Heaton 658  
IND Ryan Henry 108  
IND John Vail 373  
IND Terri Wallis 786  
Councillor - Ward 3
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Ralph Agostino 1229  
IND Maria Anastasiou 93  
IND Bob Assadourian 330  
IND Mark Dimillo 525  
IND Sean Gibson 361  
IND Matthew Green 2852
IND Jol Hess 21  
IND Eva John 55  
IND Brian Kelly 172  
IND Victor Mejia 42  
IND Byron Wayne Millette 73  
IND Drina Omazic 825  
IND Carlos Pinho 51  
IND Tim Simmons 334  
IND Bernie Szajkowski 41  
Councillor - Ward 4
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND John Laurie 230  
IND Sam Merulla 5654
IND Lorna Moreau 407  
IND Tina Whalen 563  
Councillor - Ward 5
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND David Brown 1134  
IND Chad Collins 6138
IND George Rusich 1133  
IND Larry Storm 170  
Councillor - Ward 6
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Tom Jackson 7886
IND Brad Olynchuk 745  
IND Dan Rodrigues 1125  
Councillor - Ward 7
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Keith Beck 1562  
IND Greg Burghall 1065  
IND Scott Duvall 9956
Councillor - Ward 8
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Joshua Peter Czerniga 2870  
IND Terry Whitehead 9364
Councillor - Ward 9
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Lee Austin 81  
IND Doug Conley 1750
IND Nancy Fiorentino 1381  
IND Cam Galindo 1294  
IND Tone Marrone 194  
IND Geraldine Mcmullen 682  
IND Marie Robbins 1063  
IND Christopher Rosser 52  
IND Frank Rukavina 189  
Councillor - Ward 10
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Teresa Difalco 2390  
IND Maria Pearson 4090
IND Luana Yachetti 568  
Councillor - Ward 11
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Brenda Johnson 7873
IND Vincenzo Rigitano 1561  
Councillor - Ward 12
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Grace Bryson 650  
IND Lloyd Ferguson 7313
IND John F. F. Iachelli 727  
IND Anthony Nicholl 596  
Councillor - Ward 13
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Mark Coull 283  
IND Rick Court 1285  
IND Pamela Mitchell 82  
IND Kevin Norton 77  
IND Marc Rhéal Risdale 397  
IND Danya Scime 516  
IND Christeen Urquhart 53  
IND Arlene Vanderbeek 3468
IND Toby Yull 1988  
Councillor - Ward 14
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Steven Knowles 170  
IND Robert Pasuta 3451
IND Scott Stewart 421  
Councillor - Ward 15
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Neil Bos 1724  
IND Judi Partridge 3879
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Trustee - Wards 1 & 2
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Christine Bingham 3337
IND Chris Erl 1335  
IND Brian Gage 2503  
IND Simon Granat 1739  
IND Ed Sculthorpe 1938  
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Trustee - Ward 3
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Michael Adkins 1237  
IND Steven Paul Denault 453  
IND Jeremy Paul Fritchley 315  
IND Erick Monterroza 977  
IND Larry Thomas Jr. Pattison 1587
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Trustee - Ward 4
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Linda Chenoweth 651  
IND Cindy Kennedy 954  
IND Sandra Lindsay 882  
IND Ray E. Mulholland 2410
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Trustee - Ward 5
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Cahl Brown 1162  
IND Todd White 3608
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Trustee - Ward 6
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Kathy Archer 2094
IND Angie Armstrong 636  
IND Allan Miles 1632  
IND Eamon O'donnell 1542  
IND Tanya Prosser 371  
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Trustee - Ward 7
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Dawn Danko 5593
IND Marlon Picken 1443  
IND Sarah Warry-poljanski 1385  
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Trustee - Ward 8
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Wes Hicks 5503
IND Chris Litfin 2053  
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Trustee - Wards 9 & 10
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Jeff Beattie 3260
IND Stefanie Sheils 2196  
IND Greg Sinasac 1895  
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Trustee - Wards 11 & 12
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Mike Bell 3070  
IND Alex Johnstone 5190
IND Serena Samuel 3986  
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Trustee - Wards 13 & 14
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Bob Maton 3644  
IND Greg Van Geffen 5166
IND Christopher Yendt 701  
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Trustee - Ward 15
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Penny Deathe 2137
IND Nick Lauwers 2126  
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Trustee - Wards 1 & 2
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Al Ptasinskas 367  
IND Mark Valvasori 1774
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Trustee - Wards 3 & 4
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Louis Agro 409  
IND Frank Ciotti 616  
IND George Harbottle 129  
IND Anthony Mamone 340  
IND Brian Nestor 365  
IND Anthony Perri 1307
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Trustee - Ward 5
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Sam Agostino 1235  
IND Diane Bubanko 392  
IND Aldo D'intino 1544
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Trustee - Ward 6
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Joseph Baiardo 1794
IND Ed Pecyna 1036  
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Trustee - Ward 7
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Patrick Daly 0
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Trustee - Ward 8
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Tad Brudzinski 408  
IND Sergio Manchia 849  
IND John Valvasori 2875
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Trustee - Wards 9, 10 & 11
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Paul Difrancesco 5540
IND Bernard Josipovic 1610  
IND Mary Nardini 5451
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Trustee - Wards 12, 13, 14 & 15
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Carolyn Cornale 0
Conseil Scolaire Viamonde Trustee
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Malika Attou 96  
IND Pierre Girouard 165
Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud Trustee
Party Candidate Votes Status
IND Mulomba Samuel Kalonji 151  
IND Marcel Levesque 612