Former Veteran MP Officially Enters Race for Council in Ward 39

A Veteran member of parliament representing federal Scarborough-Agincourt riding, who previously announced to resign in order to run for councilor, has officially filed his paperwork and pledged to “put Scarborough on the map.” Jim Karygiannis officially entered the race to succeed retiring councillor Mike Del Grande in Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt on Wednesday morning, i.e. they day after he resigned his seat in the House of Commons.

Consequently, Karygiannis has now become the eighth candidate to have entered the race to fill up the vacant seat, which had been represented by Del Grande since 2003. While addressing reporters outside city hall, Karygiannis stated that “Scarborough has been forgotten for many, many years and I think it is time that we put Scarborough on the map.” He added that “I am looking forward to coming in here and doing the work that I must do to make that happen.” Karygiannis vowed to support the plan to extend the Bloor-Danforth line into Scarborough and use his contacts in Ottawa to push for money for other improvements to transit in the neighbourhood.

Responding to the question of why he decided to run for city council, Karygiannis answered that my “my mom is 85 and my dad passed away last year,” and that “my mom is suffering from vertigo, she is an independent woman, she lives on her own and I want to be able to on my way home or my way down stop and get a hug. “

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