People in Windsor's Ward 7 will get to vote for their new city councillor in December.
Council has reconsidered its earlier decision to appoint a replacement for MPP Percy Hatifeld and will now hold a byelection.
A small group of concerned citizens rallied outside City Hall just prior to the start of Monday's night's meeting.
Citizen Kieran McKenzie said they wanted council to know appointing someone to fill the vacant seat was not the right move.
He believes a byelection is more "democratic:"
"We've galvanized the community, in some respects, behind one fundamental concept, and that's democracy. Democracy is everybody's issue," he said.
Coun. Ron Jones made the motion to reconsider.
It was 11 years ago Monday that he was elected in a byelection:
"The information I have now leads me to say I was wrong with the decision I made before, and I'm prepared to change that and admit I was wrong," said Jones, who previously voted to appoint a councillor.
Ward 6 Coun. Jo-Anne Gignac was the only one against holding a byelection.
John Holmes, who lives in Ward 6, but went to the council meeting last night with a message.
"The appointee will not be making decisions based on what is best for Ward 7 constituents, but the position the councillor or councillors who have appointed them," Holmes said.
Nominations close Oct. 25.
The vote will be held Dec. 9.
It's estimated the election will cost $90,000.