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'Thankful': Morales easily wins back Ward 9

'My ambition in the next four years is to have a productive council,' says Morales, 29, now entering third term
Sergio Morales has been re-elected in Ward 9.

Make it three straight Ward 9 wins for Sergio Morales.

Morales cruised to victory in Monday’s city election, taking 1,427 votes.

Norm Costello was a distant second with 293 votes, followed by William Rome at 251 votes, and Adam Wilcox with 135 votes.

“I feel thankful,” said Morales, 29, a real estate investor by profession. “I think the people of Ward 9 spoke resoundingly about the last eight years’ investments and commitments and support we’ve had in the Ward 9 community.

“I’m thankful for their support and excited about the next four years, not only for Ward 9 but how we can also help shape a better Barrie.”

But Morales said the next city council must deliver results to Barrie residents.

“My ambition in the next four years is to have a productive council,” he said. “I think a lot of residents in Barrie saw what happened the last four years and they voted tonight for a return to a productive council. 

“People don’t care about our differences, they care about our results and that needs to be our focus for the next four years.”

Morales was first elected to Ward 9 in 2014, and was acclaimed in the 2018 city election. 

His opposition this time was Costello, 63, who has a background in production management, Rome, 33, who works for a major financial institution and Wilcox, 21, a civil engineering student at Georgian College.