210-LROne of the most surprised election winners in Mississauga on Monday night was Karen Ras in the cityโ€™s southwest Ward 2. Ras won the closest contest of the night by 453 votes over Sue Shanly, a well-known ratepayer leader.

Ras attributed her win to the nearly 1,000 kilometres she walked going door to door in the cityโ€™s smallest ward. Her campaign platform promised a common-sense approach to development and change in a community that has largely resisted both. Ras offered a balanced approach, perhaps influenced by her commitment to business and the environment as past Chair of the Mississauga Board of Trade and sitting Vice-Chair of the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation.

Former Ward 2 Councillor Pat Mullin decided to move on after 29 years of service, to investigate becoming the next Chair of the Region of Peel.