Charmaine Williams wins, making her first black woman to win a seat on Brampton city council
Oct 22, 2018 by Maryam Mirza Brampton Guardian
Charmaine Williams is the first black woman to win a seat on Brampton's city council and will be representing residents of wards 7 and 8.
Williams is a small business owner and a long time resident of Brampton where she lives with her husband and five children.
"I'm in shock and so relieved," Williams said. "Since last July we have been campaigning every single day, going from door-to-door sharing the message of safety and security with the people of Brampton."
In light of the recent rise in crime and shootings in Brampton, Williams has advocated to get guns off the streets by proposing a gun amnesty and gun buyback program in the city of Brampton. Her other priorities include introducing a by-law prohibiting selling marijuana within 500 metres of elementary schools, as well as changes to transit and transportation.
The seat opened up after Pat Fortini chose to run for Gael Miles seat on regional council for wards 7 and 8, after Miles announced her retirement after serving for 30 years.
During her time on regional council, Miles supported establishing the Wellspring Chinguacousy cancer support centre and played a key role in starting the Neighbourhood Watch, youth violence prevention committee and road safety committee.