My point of view on the special election for wards 2 and 4 is that it was a success.
While I live in another ward, I happened to go to the library on the night of the debate among the four candidates, and heard a good discussion of city issues by four qualified people.
From the 40 or so people in the audience, in an election unlikely to have good turnout, about 550 people got themselves informed and remembered to vote. This is far more democratic than having men already in office decide who to appoint.
The result was different because the two new candidates were allowed to participate.
It is a different and better thing to be the elected representative than to be appointed. Fairness seems like a little thing, but it makes all the difference for good government.