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Jeremy D. Williams

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Jeremy D. Williams
46th Mayor of Orangeville
In office
Preceded byRob Adams
Succeeded bySandy Brown
Personal details
BornJanuary 1, 1964
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
ResidenceOrangeville, Ontario, Canada
Alma materUniversity of Waterloo

Jeremy "D" Williams was the mayor of Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. He was elected mayor in the municipal elections of 2014, after serving as town councillor from 2010 to 2014.[1] In October 2018, Williams again ran for mayor as the incumbent candidate and took third, losing to Sandy Brown.[2]

Prior to being Mayor he was founder of Canada's first all age, all ability Rattler’s soccer program for special needs players in 2007 [3] He founded the first Sports Council for Dufferin County in 2010.[4] In 2014 he was elected Orangeville Mayor.[1] His first term as councillor saw him win the only seat as a non-incumbent against 10 rivals for the position.[5]

Major projects undertaken during his term included a $28 million sewage treatment plant upgrade.[6] A decades-long plan to develop a major sports park in the centre of town was completed [7] He was instrumental in bringing a transit system to Orangeville, utilizing full-size city-style buses and a planned bus station.[8]

A controversy early in his term as mayor, regarding the replacement of a weather-worn sign forbidding tobogganing on a toboggan hill, led to national coverage of the issue of several liability[9][10]

Williams was the first mayor to endorse Doug Ford Jr. for premier of Ontario, doing so on the eve of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leadership election, 2018.[11]


Born in Toronto to Moira and Stewart Williams, the family moved to Adjala Township, near Orangeville, in the 1970s. Williams's father Stewart, a long time businessman, was elected for several terms to Adjala Council with Jeremy Williams running his father's campaigns.[12]

Previously Held Positions[edit]

  • Mayor of Orangeville[1]
  • County Councillor for the County of Dufferin[13]
  • President of ORDC Orangeville Railway[14]
  • Board of Directors for Orangeville Hydro[15]
  • Orangeville Police Service Board[16]
  • Ex-Offico for these Orangeville committees:[17] Transit, Heritage Orangeville, Seniors/Age Friendly, Parks and recreation, Access Orangeville, Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Events, Fire Service Advisory, General Bylaw, OSAT, Property Standards, Sign Review, Snow Clearing, Communities in Bloom, Orangeville BIA, Chair Honours committee.

Election results[edit]

2018 Orangeville Election[2]
Candidate Votes %
Sandy Brown 3,413 43.74
Rob Adams 2,914 37.3
Jeremy D Williams 1,477 18.92
Total 7,804 100.00
2014 Orangeville Election[1]
Candidate Votes %
Jeremy D Williams 3,940 52.84
Rob Adams 3,517 47.16
Total 7,457 100.00
2010 Councillor Election Results[18][19]
Candidate Votes %
Mary Rose 3,033 10.92
Gail Campbell 2,613 9.41
Sylvia Bradley 2,593 9.34
Scot Wilson 2,529 9.11
Jeremy D Williams 2,469 8.89
Bernadette Hardaker 2,390 8.61
Chris Thompson 2,218 7.99
Ryan Boyce 1,766 6.36
Darnit Davidson 1,723 6.20
Christine Leith 1,716 6.18
Sandro DiPasquale 1,312 4.72
Gary Skin 1.068 3.85
Michael Steele 786 2.83
Thomas Kelly 783 2.82
Frank Nagy 774 2.79
Total 27,773 100.00


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Tremblay, Bill (27 October 2014). "STORIFY: Jeremy Williams defeats Rob Adams in Orangeville mayor race".
  2. 2.0 2.1 "2018 Orangeville Elections Results". data.orangeville.ca. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  3. "Rattlers ring in five years". 8 August 2012.
  4. "Council created to unify sports groups". 5 December 2011.
  5. "Voters re-elect Adams as Orangeville mayor". 25 October 2010.
  6. Tremblay, Bill (21 January 2015). "Sewage treatment plant expansion in the works".
  7. Obermeyer, Jasen (28 May 2018). "Mayor cuts ribbon to long awaited sports park". Orangeville Citizen.
  8. Matthews, James (8 November 2016). "Orangeville's 2017 budget tags ratepayers with 3.5 per cent increase".
  9. nurun.com. "Sledding bans a symptom of lawsuit paranoia". Simcoe Reformer.
  10. Ward, Katherine (12 March 2015). "Tobogganing allowed at Orangeville hill, at your own risk".
  11. Pickford, Mike (March 16, 2018). "Williams calls for Ford-led PCs to oust liberals in June election". Orangeville Citizen. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  12. http://www.jeremydwilliams.com/About-Me.html
  13. "County Council - County of Dufferin". www.dufferincounty.ca.
  14. Halliday, Chris (8 February 2018). "Orangeville Brampton Railway remains an 'important resource' for industry, president says".
  15. Matthews, James (21 April 2017). "Orangeville releases council, committee costs".
  16. Tremblay, Bill (26 May 2015). "Orangeville police budget shrinks in first quarter".
  17. "Committees of Council » Town of Orangeville". www.orangeville.ca.
  18. https://www.orangeville.com/story/1485434-candidates-weigh-in-on-disappointing-showing-at-polls/
  19. Ontario, Elections. "Official Past Elections Results". www.elections.on.ca.

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