Twenty-one years ago, I fell in love. Not with the current love of my life, my beautiful and supportive partner Cathy – whom I met a little bit later, but with Dundas.
Having grown up on the east mountain of Hamilton and Stoney Creek, and having been educated all over the country, I made a decision that Dundas was the place I wanted to put down some roots. I have never looked back. I cannot think of anywhere else in the world Cathy and I would rather raise our two boys, Liam and Jamie.
I moved to Dundas around the time of the tumultuous exercise that was municipal amalgamation, which brought – or more accurately forced – the communities of Hamilton, Dundas, Flamborough, Ancaster, Glanbrook and Stoney Creek together. At times, amalgamation has been painful but there remains a potential for the city to speak as one, provided that its communities are respected and that we work with, rather than against, one another across Hamilton.
I am running to be your next Ward 13 city councillor, because I believe the communities that make up Dundas and West Flamborough have a distinct voice, but one that can lend itself to a positive vision of city building. Too often, we see that parochial interests, whether downtown Hamilton or in the “suburbs”, have been at loggerheads and I believe the “fiefdom” model of city representation must become a thing of the past. We need forward-thinking councillors looking outward and not inward. Hamilton City Council needs a culture change.
Here are my core values and why I am asking for the support of voters in Dundas and Flamborough.
I believe in effective and responsive municipal representation. I believe that EVERY inquiry to a city councillor’s office demands a prompt response – even within 24 hours.
I believe in a grassroots model of democratic input from citizens and NOT one that is controlled exclusively by the local councillor.
I believe in smart planning that respects and protects the unique character of our existing communities, yet has an eye towards densification and the growth of our tax base to relieve the pressure on existing ratepayers.
I believe in sustainable transit and safe streets for all, including drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and public transit users.
This is why I hope you will consider supporting me in the coming municipal election, Monday October 22nd, 2018.