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Glen Gower ousts Shad Qadri in Stittsville

Council newcomer Glen Gower has scored an upset in Stittsville, and will represent the ward for the next four years.

Qadri had represented ward since 2006

Glen Gower won an upset victory in Stittsville. (CBC)

Council newcomer Glen Gower has scored an upset in Stittsville, and will represent the ward for the next four years.

With all 89 polls reporting, Gower had 57.9 per cent of the vote, putting him comfortably ahead of incumbent Shad Qadri, who garnered 42.1 per cent. 

The results remain unofficial until the city clerk validates them, which is expected to happen by Thursday.

Gower said he is looking forward to jumping in. 

"To me, it is just rolling up my sleeves and talking with other experienced councillors, learning from them about what it take to be successful, and then diving into some of the local issues here," he said.

People talked to him most about safe streets and transportation issues during the campaign, but they also told him they wanted better communication, Gower said.

"We talked a lot in the campaign at the door about rebuilding the trust and engagement with residents, so I have some ideas we are going to implement around keeping that dialogue going."

Shad Qadri lost his seat after serving for 12 years. (Krystalle Ramlakhan / CBC)

'I am proud,' Qadri says

Qadri thanked the community for giving him 12 years in office. 

"I am proud of what I have done in this community. I am proud of the community that they have supported me for 12 years," he said.

"I didn't want to be a career politician. I wanted to be a representative."

Qadri was first elected in 2006.

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