By Scott Costen
The Citizen’s “Best of Queens: The Politics Edition” survey closed today at noon.
Low voter turnouts are a fact of life in Queens; this survey was no different. A total of 248 respondents picked their favourites in two different categories.
Queens-Shelburne MLA Kim Masland won “Best elected official representing all of Queens County” in an absolute landslide. She captured more than 70 per cent of the vote, easily beating out South Shore – St. Margaret’s MP Bernadette Jordan and Region of Queens Mayor David Dagley.
“I’m absolutely humbled,” Masland told the Citizen. “Every day, I wake up and consider myself extremely blessed to represent this constituency. It’s a great feeling that people acknowledge and recognize that I’m doing the best that I can in an opposition role.”
The survey’s second category was much more competitive, but there was still a clear winner.
Brian Fralic (District 3) was named “Best Region of Queens councillor” with 24.58 per cent of the vote. Heather Kelly (District 2) and Susan MacLeod (District 4) tied for second place with 17.50 per cent each.
“It’s always nice to be recognized for something that you love doing,” Fralic said. “I’m very happy to be part of a great group of councillors who are all working very hard for this community. Great things are happening.”