Windsor Votes: Ward 4
Unofficial election results from the City of Windsor.
|COUNCILLOR||Anthony (Tony) BLAK||1617|
|COUNCILLOR||Robert S. PAPP||84|
|Note: Unofficial results released by the City of Windsor|
Candidates for Councillor
Anthony (Tony) Blak
(more information when available)
Occupation: Diagnostic Imaging Manager | Candidate Website
Platform : I have a passion to see this City succeed. My decision to run for Council is based upon my belief that Ward 4 needs an effective voice at the table. Your selection of that voice is especially critical now that we will have only one representative for the Ward.
I believe that the issues of high property taxes and local job creation initiatives are the two most important matters to be addressed. Unemployment rates in Windsor remain at historically high levels. Council has had very few initiatives to address this problem.
Windsor needs someone who can work with others to confront our challenges and spot our opportunities. This I can do. Ward 4 needs a team player; the time for the "maverick" approach is long past.
Please consider that my business education and corporate experience positions me to effectively serve all of my neighbours in Ward 4. I earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor. I followed that up with a Masters of Business Administration from the prestigious Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. As they say, I can 'Read the Books'. Very few folks can do this.
Platform :After hearing from many residents and business owners who feel the concerns of Ward 4 will not be represented at council with the status quo, I decided it was time to step forward and make a positive change in my community. My belief is that we need to work together for this city and this region to thrive.
With the country's highest unemployment rate, my main concern is bringing quality jobs to Windsor. A "green" industry is forming and now Windsor must act to nourish it and create an atmosphere that helps these firms blossom. We must move forward with the procurement of more green technology firms through the creation of a Municipal Sustainable Building Policy.
It is time for Windsor to change its traditional way of thinking and be progressive, enacting by-laws and policies for green development to show these companies that Windsor is serious about embracing them and the jobs they provide for the long term.
I also aim to put the focus back on Windsorites and our neighbourhoods. A liveable city, one that residents are proud of and happy to call home, can do more for our reputation than any advertising or awards.
Alan Halberstadt (Incumbent)
Platform : As a 13-year veteran on City Council, I am seeking re-election in the new Ward 4 so I can continue my focus on developing Windsor as tax friendly towards businesses that will create and retain jobs, and friendly towards existing and future residents by making Windsor one of Canada's most livable cities.
I aim to continue to champion systemic tax rate reductions, as well as tax incentives, for small business. City Hall needs to cut red tape and fees in its licensing and planning divisions. Through partnerships with the university and college, the city can enable the creation of a TechTown small business incubator centre for innovative entrepreneurs as modeled by Detroit's Wayne State University.
I also wish to continue my lifestyle initiatives such as constructing a patio boardwalk on Erie Street, re-opening the Capital Theatre, creating a cultural hub downtown with a growing farmer's market and an armouries concert hall. My pet project is to enhance the bicycling network city-wide.
These measures are needed to attract and retain investment, people and jobs as Windsor moves forward over the next four years as a city in transition.
I ask you to vote for Alan Halberstadt on Oct. 25th.
(more information when available)
Robert S. Papp
Platform: I have lived in Windsor for most of my life and believe it to have some of the best potential of any city in Canada. Situated as we are, on one the most prominent International borders in North America, combined with our highly skilled workforce, there is no reason we cannot be a national leader in employment opportunities and quality of life.
Having worked within the city's infrastructure in various capacities for over nine years, I am highly versed in city operations. Combined with my ability to bring people together in an atmosphere of cooperation, this makes me a prime candidate to make significant and lasting changes in the city of Windsor.
As representative of Ward 4, if elected, my two main priorities are to increase neighborhood enhancements by demolishing old, abandoned houses and blight. I would also like to expedite the permit process in order to assist those willing to make neighborhood improvements.
My second objective is to offer tax incentives to both new and existing businesses. Only by fostering an atmosphere conducive to business can our outstanding workforce be utilized to its fullest capacity. I ask for your vote!
Platform :I have decided to run for the position of Ward Four Councillor because I have lost faith in our current leadership. There are several key areas where I believe our current elected officials have been neglectful in fulfilling their duties to the residents of Windsor. These areas include, economic diversification, protecting our heritage, the liveability of our neighbourhoods, and the development of mutually respectful relationships with our County neighbours.
I am committed to helping build the consensus needed on council to develop strategies to deal with the challenges we face. I will engage fellow councillors and administrators and challenge them to work together in the spirit of co-operation. Now is not the time for divisive policies inspired by ideological agendas. Windsor needs team builders. It is only through this approach can we grow our economy, and provide safe clean neighbourhoods for our residents. We also need to work closely with our neighbouring municipalities to ensure that we present an environment conducive to investment.
I will present my ideas to the residents of Ward Four, and listen to theirs. Once elected, I will work with co-operatively with others to chart a more prosperous future for Windsor.
CBC News contacted all candidates in mid-August, prior to the election, and asked them to submit a photograph, website address, Twitter and Facebook accounts as well as 200 words outlining their platform. The content here represents what CBC has received to date.
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