04/28/2015 11:43 EDT | Updated 08/01/2015 10:59 EDT

John Kovac beats out 25 others in Mississauga byelection

Mississauga has a new city councillor — the result of an unusual byelection that saw 26 candidates run.

John Kovac won the contest in Ward 4, but only by 98 votes and 17.4 per cent of the popular vote.

There was no clear frontrunner throughout the entire campaign. One of the all-candidate debates during the campaign had 20 participants. Kovac may have differentiated himself from the rest of the candidates with an endorsement from boxing legend George Chuvalo.

The byelection was triggered by the resignation of Frank Dale, who was voted in as the Ward 4 councillor last fall.

But Dale was then appointed as the Peel Regional Chair and had to resign his council seat. 

Kovac got about 1,500 votes, while the candidate with the least amount of votes received a total of five.

Voter turnout was about 21 per cent.