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Councillor Jim Karygiannis removed from office over campaign expense violation

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Councillor Jim Karygiannis has been removed from office over his campaign expenses, the city clerk announced late Wednesday afternoon.

Karygiannis (Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt) was given notice after he filed a supplementary financial statement as part of his 2018 campaign, a news release from the clerks office said.

Karygiannis violated Municipal Election Act rules by overspending the expense limit for “parties and other expressions of appreciation” by nearly $26,000, clerk Ulli Watkiss said.

“The Act does not give the City Clerk any latitude or discretion on this matter,” Watkiss said, saying “forfeiture of office” is automatic if a candidate exceeds the amount allowed for that limit.

“Mr. Karygiannis is in default of the Act and is disqualified from being elected or appointed to any office until after the 2022 municipal election.”

The clerk said she will report to the Nov. 26 meeting of council with next steps on declaring the Ward 22 seat vacant. The seat could be filled by appointment or byelection.

Reached by phone Wednesday, Karygiannis said he would be fighting his removal from office.

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“There was a clerical error that was a mistake,” he said. “Something was filed in the wrong column and we’re fighting it and there’s going to be a statement that we’ll be sending out.”

More to come.

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Jennifer Pagliaro

Jennifer Pagliaro is a Toronto-based reporter covering city hall and municipal politics. Follow her on Twitter: @jpags



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