NDP candidate Sarah Jama won last Thursday’s byelection in Hamilton Centre, capturing 54.3 per cent of the vote – more than 6,000 ballots.
The incoming MPP, a disability rights advocate and co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario, was involved in major social issues in recent years.
A McMaster University graduate, Jama won a John C. Holland Award for political action in 2017 and a YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 2022.
Former Ontario NDP leader Andrea Howarth represented Hamilton Centre since it was formed in a redistribution in 2007.
She stepped down to become mayor of Hamilton.
Jama was one of ten candidates who contested last Thursday’s byelection.