Jonathan Tsao appointed as city councillor for remaining five months of council term

3:39 p.m. May 22, 2019. Newly appointed Jonathan Tsao speaking to the media after he was appointed.
3:39 p.m. May 22, 2019. Newly appointed Jonathan Tsao speaking to the media after he was appointed.

May 22, 2018

By Arianne Robinson

Thirty-one year old staffer Jonathan Tsao was appointed to Toronto City Council on Tuesday, filling the vacancy left by Shelley Carroll’s resignation.

“I’ve been knocking on doors since I was 14 years old, knocking on doors pretty much every election so [being appointed as a city councillor] is a natural extension of that work,” Tsao told reporters.

The new city councillor had his first jobs in politics as a Special Assistant to David Caplan and Premier Dalton McGuinty, before completing a master’s degree at the London School of Economics. More recently, he worked for Brad Duguid when he was Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.

Tsao joins Lucy Troisi and Jim Hart as one of three appointed councillors to this term of council. There are five months until the municipal election scheduled for October 22.

As of time of publication, Ken Lister, one of the other 18 candidates that sought appointment to fill the vacancy, is the only candidate registered to run in the election. Tsao said in his comments to council he does not intend to run for council this fall.