The newly elected councillor for District 6 says the city needs to cut down on red tape if it hopes to attract businesses and help existing businesses be more successful.
Tony Mancini was voted in during a municipal byelection Saturday. According to the unofficial election results on the Halifax Regional Municipality's website, he received 1,475 votes, beating out his closest rival Matt Spurway by 276 votes.
The newcomer to politics is originally from Cape Breton but has lived in Dartmouth for the past 21 years.
Mancini works with Priority Management-Atlantica, and he hopes the company's work helping organizations, teams and individuals be more productive and efficient will assist him on regional council.
"We talk about streamlining small business, that's what I've been helping other groups and businesses do," he said.
Pointing to Canadian Federation of Independent Business awarding its annual "Paperweight Award" for a municipality to Halifax due to its rules around patios, Maninci says there are too many roadblocks for businesses.
"That award was given to our city because of the amount of red tape that small business has to go through to do the business that they offer," he said. "We have to streamline processes, we have to support small businesses to be more successful."
Another priority, he says, will be improving public transit options in the riding of Harbourview-Burnside-Dartmouth-East.
"It needs to be more reliable because overall we need to have fewer people with cars, fewer cars downtown and the only way we can do that is looking at the transit system," he said.
The District 6 seat was up for grabs after the former councillor, Darren Fisher was elected to Parliament in October.