Incumbent Karen Redman has secured a second term as Chair of Waterloo regional council.

With all the polls closed, The CTV Election Team reported Redman recieved 73 per cent of all ballots cast. Runner-up Brendon John Da Costa received 21 per cent of the votes, while Narine Dat Sookram received six per cent.

Redman said budget will be her top priority heading into a new term.

“It will be budget right away. We have inflation. We are one of the fastest growing metropolitan census areas in Canada so there are lots of things we need to balance — competing needs and priorities so I think that will probably be job one for the new council,” Redman said.

Redman has a long political career, stretching back to 1988 when she was elected as a trustee on the Waterloo County Board of Education. In 1994, she was elected to Kitchener city council.

She also served as MP for Kitchener Centre from 1997 to 2008 as a member of the Liberal Party.

In the 2018 election, Redman cruised to a victory over three other candidates, capturing nearly two-thirds of the votes, according to past election results from the Region of Waterloo.

In 2018, Redman received 66,370 votes, or 62 per cent of all votes, while runner up Robert Deutschmann received 19,966 votes, or 19 per cent of all votes.