West-end city councillor race pits lawyer against incumbent John Elliott

A councillor candidate for Ward 2 wants to hold the Ambassador Bridge accountable, but incumbent John Elliott says there's not much that can be done.

Fabio Costante, a school board trustee, is running to become the Ward 2 city councillor

John Elliott says once it's finished, the statues featured in the roundabout will bring people to Sandwich Towne. (Dale Molnar/CBC)

Fabio Costante, a local lawyer and Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board trustee, will be facing incumbent John Elliott in the race for city council in the city's west end.

Costante said it's a position he wants to use "to bring a strong voice for the needs of the residents and businesses of Ward 2."

"We're going to be able to make this work ... One of the freedoms of having your own practice is that you've got more control over your schedule," he said about juggling his work with politics.

Costante runs his own law office in Sandwich Towne and founded Our West End Neighbourhood Renewal.

He said one of his main priorities will include the ongoing Ambassador Bridge negotiations between the private bridge company and the government to build a replacement span.

Fabio Constante is running to become Windsor city councillor for ward 2. (Submitted)

However, Elliott said there isn't much that council can do about it. He said councillors don't have any say in the negotiations between the city and the bridge company. But he assured that the Gordie Howe Bridge will be built.

"[The project is] moving along," he said. "The federal government is taking control of that."

John Elliott says there are good things happening in his neighbourhood and the community 'is booming.' (Kaitie Fraser/CBC)

Push for revitalization projects

Another part of Costante's platform is looking to get more community centres developed in the ward.

"The College Avenue Community Centre was taken from the community years ago and [Ward 2] that desperately needs a community centre and deserves one," he said, adding public transit should be accessible in areas with high ridership.

Costante did not address how he feels incumbent John's Elliott has performed as a city councillor. Instead, he said his platform will be "progressive and ambitious."

In Elliott's eyes, he said he did well.

One of the projects he's proud of is the revamping of the College Avenue Community Centre to become part of the Sandwich Community Health Centre, which is slated to open later this year.

"That's huge for the neighbourhood," he said. "It's going to go a long way to help people in the ward, even outside of the ward."

He also touched on a series of beautification projects happening in the area.

From the project to bring a statue at the roundabout that will become "a grand entrance" into the ward, to the new $5.5-million library, "I think we did real well in terms of bringing good things to the community."

The nomination period for candidates closes July 27 and the municipal election will be held on Oct. 22.


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