(DUNDAS, Ontario, June 12th, 2018) Long-time Dundas resident, Rich Gelder, has filed nomination papers and will contest the October 22nd municipal election, running for the position of City Councillor in Ward 13. The newly-realigned ward consists of Dundas and much of the former town of Flamborough that was carved out of the old Ward 15. In seeking the Council seat, Gelder is positioning himself as the candidate to move Dundas and Flamborough forward with a vision of city building from one end of Hamilton to the other. “We need a change of vision and direction in Dundas and Flamborough.” said Gelder. “We need forward thinkers on Council who can see that there are common interests across the entire city”. Gelder further believes that municipal representation involves more than catering to narrow interests, particularly when it comes to public spaces. “We cannot allow another situation where the character of the old town can be bought for a song”, referring to the recent purchase of a public laneway that raised the ire of many in the community. “Our public spaces are not for sale,” he added. Finally, Gelder indicated that city councillors need to be upfront and take leadership roles in matters not only in their own wards, but city-wide. “If elected, you will always know where I stand on issues affecting Dundas, Flamborough and all of Hamilton. As an example light rail transit is critical for the long-term economic prospects of the whole city. I am passionate about making Dundas and other communities in Hamilton livable, walkable and bikeable and this means better public transit for Dundas and the entire city.” Gelder has lived in Dundas for more than 20 years, and currently resides in the western end of the Valley Town with his partner, Catherine and two sons Liam and Jamie. He has more than 20 years of dedicated volunteer service to amateur athletics, including the CANUSA Games and the Hamilton Olympic Club (track and field) where he currently serves as President. He is the Head of the Department of Modern Languages at Dundas Valley Secondary School where he also coaches track and field and cross-country and is the teacher advisor for the school’s Positive Space Group (Gay-Straight Alliance).