08/01/2013 22:13 EDT | Updated 10/01/2013 05:12 EDT

Liberal Mitzie Hunter nabs Scarborough riding seat

Community activist and self-dubbed ‘Subway Champion’ Mitzie Hunter has retained the Liberal seat in Scarborough-Guildwood after a campaign fought on scrapping the proposed LRT along the Sheppard Avenue corridor, the CBC Decision Desk is projecting.

With 106 of 166 polls reporting, Hunter held 35.4 per cent of the vote, followed by Conservative candidate Ken Kirupa with 30.3 per cent, and former TTC chair and NDP candidate Adam Giambrone with 29.2 per cent.

A native of Jamaica, Hunter was part of a city council-appointed panel that previously recommended that Toronto build an LRT rather than a subway to connect Scarborough the existing grid.

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Nearly two weeks into the 28-day campaign the newest Liberal MPP said she supported building a subway because “residents in Scarborough deserve high quality transit to get them moving easily and seamlessly.”

Hunter succeeds former Dalton McGuinty cabinet minister Margarett Best who resigned her seat in late June without reason after being twice-elected.