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Meet the people running for council in Windsor

50 people are running for council in the City of Windsor. Here is a little bit about each one of them.

50 people running for 11 seats

Outside Windsor's new City Hall. (Jonathan Pinto/CBC)

In the City of Windsor, 50 people are running for 11 spots on council: 1 mayor and 10 councillors, one per ward.

For the mayoral race, video-journalist Meg Roberts made 'player cards' for each candidate. She captured a photo of each candidate doing something familiar or fun to them, and asked them to answer three questions. A few candidates chose to submit their own image.

Reporter/editor Jonathan Pinto contacted candidates for the rest of council, asking them to submit a photo and respond to an email questionnaire.

Answers may have been edited for clarity or because they exceeded the character limit given.

Mayor

Ward 1 | Ward 2 | Ward 3 | Ward 4 | Ward 5 | Ward 6 | Ward 7 | Ward 8 | Ward 9 | Ward 10

The City of Windsor is divided into 10 wards. (City of Windsor)

Mayor

There are 5 people running for mayor.

Drew Dilkens
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What is your top priority if elected?
Continue moving Windsor forward. We have seen tremendous success over the past four years throughout the community and I will keep us moving in a positive direction. My top priorities include continued good management of our City's finances, delivering on my plan to continue with record investments in infrastructure, creating an environment that is desirable for employers and business.

Which council decision made last term would you change?
I think City Council is on the right track and has made good decisions for Windsorites. It is rare to find someone who agrees with every decision all the time, but on whole, City Council has made major strides to improve our infrastructure, quality of life, and employment rate all while holding the line on taxes.

What is your favourite activity in your municipality?
My favourite activity in Windsor is riding our trail system. We continue to complete the Windsor Loop which will allow Windsorites to cycle around our city in a safe way. Whether it's the Ganatchio Trail, Black Oaks, Malden Park, or the Herb Gray Parkway Trails my family and I have a great time exploring all the different aspects of our city.

Franz (Frank) Dyck
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What is your top priority if elected?
Several smaller hospitals all over the city.

Which council decision made last term would you change?
Change the plan to build one mega hospital out of the city.

What is your favourite activity in your municipality?
Go for a walk by the river.

Tom Hensel
Email

What is your top priority if elected?
My top priority is to appoint an independent Auditor General for the City, and instruct him/her to complete an in-depth, comprehensive audit and investigation into the City's spending to identify waste, mismanagement and corruption. I would end the practice of discretionary Ward funding, and seek public input into ways we can deliver City services more effectively.

Which council decision made last term would you change?
I would change the decision to fund the Bright Lights holiday festival with taxpayer dollars - it sent the wrong message, at the wrong time. Our priority needed to be recovery from widespread flooding, and the money would have been better used assisting residents with that effort. We need to ensure our streets and alleyways are safely lit before spending massive amounts of money on holiday lighting.

What is your favourite activity in your municipality?
There are so many things to see and do in Windsor, but my personal favourite has always been fireworks night - it brings our City together like few other events can, and I look forward to it every summer. It's a great way to showcase Windsor on the international stage, and demonstrates what we can achieve when we cooperate with partner cities.

Ernie Lamont

What is your top priority if elected?
Bring a second casino to Windsor, an aquarium, checkered flag race track, cedar point type amusement park.

Which council decision made last term would you change?
Street car should not have been funded.

What is your favourite activity in your municipality?
Sell bacon man products from door-to-door, bar-to-bar, trailer-to-trailer.

Matt Marchand
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What is your top priority if elected?
Set the tone from the top and establish a culture of transparency and accountability, make our community more livable, and to deal with our infrastructure and fix the roads and basement flooding issues.I will be appointing an independent municipal Auditor General with sweeping powers to protect taxpayers within the first 100 days of taking office.

Which council decision made last term would you change?
There are many decisions I would have liked to see turn out differently. I would have liked to see more of a focus on community priorities. The decision to remove retail to add more parking that we don't need and can't afford at the Pelissier Street Parking Garage cost approximately $1 million. Additionally, fixing up an old streetcar for approximately $750,000 was not a priority for the community.

What is your favourite activity in your municipality?
My favourite activity in the Windsor area is living an active lifestyle though running, biking, and swimming. I enjoy running and biking on the Ganatchio Trail and the Chrysler Canada Greenway Trail with my partner Charlotte Loaring.

Ward 1

There are 5 people running for council in Ward 1.

Matt Ford
Candidate did not reply to CBC questionnaire 

Fred Francis
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(Fred Francis)

Age: 37

Occupation: Windsor City Councillor for Ward 1 / Director of Programs & Development for the Multicultural Council of Windsor & Essex County

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
Fred was born and raised in South Windsor and was first elected to Windsor City Council in 2014 representing Ward 1. Fred is seeking re-election during this year's municipal election and is running on a proven record that has produced real results for the people of Windsor. 

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Fred offers a real plan to hold the line on taxes, strengthen our neighbourhoods to improve our quality of life, and to create more jobs in our community.​

Krysta Glovasky-Ridsdale
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(Krysta Glovasky-Ridsdale)

Age: 46

Occupation: Systems Administrator, Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation / Vendor/Sprouter/Fermenter, Dances In Garden

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
My career is based on evaluating all options according to budget, needs, wants, and timelines while considering unique situational characteristics. I can read and comprehend technical papers, schematic drawings, and legal documents required to cast my vote appropriately. 

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Infrastructure is a major issue. Snow removal and road maintenance. Sewers. Connected and safely walkable neighbourhoods. We can reduce flooding with downspout disconnections, installing rain barrels, and backflow valves, for example.​

Wiquar Husain
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(Wiquar Husain)

Age: 55

Occupation: Real Estate Development & Healthcare

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
Have worked on election campaigns as well as sit on City of Windsor sub-committees and community engagement.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Safety and transportation.

​Darcie Renaud
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(Darcie Renaud)

Age: 39

Occupation: Performance Improvement and Accountability Coordinator, Windsor Essex County Health Unit

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
Darcie is the kind of person who gets things done. While working for the late Bruce Crozier MPP, she got action and answers for people on issues like health care, hydro, and small business. 

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
We need competitive tax rates, and at the same time we must invest in infrastructure, work to diversify our economy and improve our quality of life. To do that, we need real fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability.

Ward 2

There are 2 people running for council in Ward 2.

Fabio Costante
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(Fabio Costante)

Age: 34

Occupation: Lawyer, Sessional Professor (UofW), Catholic School Board Trustee (Wards 2 & 9)

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
Being an elected school board trustee for 4 years and my community work in the west end over the past 10 years, including founding Our West End, a United Way funded neighbourhood renewal, have directly prepared me for the role of city councillor. 

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
The construction of the Gordie Howe Bridge and the Ambassador Bridge replacement span is arguably the most important issue in Ward 2. Other very important issues include tackling blight, infrastructure investment, and stronger bylaws to enforce housing standards and safety.

John Elliott
Candidate did not reply to CBC questionnaire 

Ward 3

There are 3 people running for council in Ward 3.

Rino Bortolin​
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(Rino Bortolin)

Age: 45

Occupation: City Councillor 

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
I'm the current city councillor and feel that I have initiated or completed much of what I set out to do in 2014.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
My platform focuses on 3 main issues - check out the full platform on my website. Safety/Security/Social Services. Active Transportation & Infrastructure Fund. Building Stronger Neighbourhoods.

Helmi Charif
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(Helmi Charif)

Age: 50

Occupation: Partner and manager at Mike Auto Clinic

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
For the last 20 years I have advocated for immigrants, refugees, newcomers, better health care system, job creation, helping the poor, working with the community very closely and solving their problems, volunteering for charity organizations, very involved politically since 1998.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Ward 3: homeless crisis. Municipality: infrastructure

Steve Palenkas
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(Steve Palenkas)

Age: 42 (will be 43 on October 9)

Occupation: Founder & Chair, YQG PI Committee

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
I am a lifelong Windsor-Essex resident except for about 7 years I lived in Detroit, with extensive interest and knowledge of our community, neighbourhoods and infrastructure.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
It is the issue of poverty resulting in and/or from unemployment or underemployment, homelessness, difficulties in accommodations, and resulting hardships such as problems with secure storage, health and wellness, legal, and overall civility, care, concern, thought and behaviour.

Ward 4

There are 2 people running for council in Ward 4.

Janice Campbell
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(Janice Campbell/Michael Campbell)

Age: 58

Occupation: Principal at CC101 - Campbell Consulting 101 w/a contract position: Business Development Manager (Canada) and Public Housing Accounts (USA) with Pioneering Technology, the "makers of SmartBurner."

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
Entrepreneur w/30 years public service; trained and experienced in municipal governance, policy, service delivery, asset management, contract/procurement, risk mitigation, budget/audit + people/resource development. A collaborative, independent thinker w/compassion and integrity. 

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
The "hospital in the beanfield" decision by council w/reduced local service, increased local costs and ongoing infrastructure obligations. W4 worries about the extra time/limited travel options, many oppose the unnecessary urban sprawl and foresee net negative effects city-wide.

Chris Holt
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(Chris Holt/Syx Langemann Photography)

Age: 50

Occupation: Tool & Die Maker, Ford Motor Company / Partner, Chapter Two Brewing Company

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
I have had the honour and pleasure of serving as Windsor's Ward 4 City Councillor since Dec 1, 2014.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Presently, the issue that will affect Ward 4 residents the most is the proposed consolidation of our hospitals, demolition of the Met campus, and relocating them out beyond the airport.

Ward 5

There are 6 people running for council in Ward 5.

Adam Castle
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(Adam Castle)

Age: 31

Occupation: Director of Venture Services, WEtech Alliance

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
With almost 6 years of experience in economic development, 4 years in mental health, 15 years as an entrepreneur, and extensive experience with governance on several boards and committees, my diverse resume has prepared me to be a dynamic and successful councillor.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Ward 5 is one of the most diverse in our city, with complex issues and needs, which is why the first point of my platform focuses on getting back to the basics and ensuring we prioritize data-driven decision making, fiscal responsibility, and social and physical infrastructure.

Lillian B. Kruzsely
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(Lillian B. Kruzsely)

Age: 24

Occupation: Assistant to Senator Jim Munson 

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
A mix between being a Windsorite my whole life, a graduate of the University of Ottawa, a public servant by profession, and an individual committed to sustainable community building.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Still... backflow valves. Since the flooding, Ward 5 folks have been left behind. I will fight for faster movement on this. We need to make sure ALL residents have access to proper backflow valves for their homes.

Joe Lucier
Candidate did not reply to CBC questionnaire 

Ed Sleiman
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(Ed Sleiman)

Age: 74

Occupation: Windsor City Councillor Ward 5

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
Take the side of ordinary taxpayers when I vote rather than special interests. I live and breathe my constituents' issues and take pure hands on approach, always being on call for ward work and going the extra nine yards for constituents.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Making Ward 5 and our city the most attractive and affordable to live in and do business by holding the line on property taxes and reducing our city's debt to be able to provide quality public services and amenities at a cost taxpayers can afford.

Martin A. Utrosa
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(Martin A. Utrosa)

Age: 52

Occupation: Occasional (substitute) teacher, GECDSB

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
I have lived in Windsor for 51 of my 52 years. I have a Hons. BA  Communication Studies/ Political Science. I was a Board Member for the Windsor Slovenian Cultural Club. I have followed municipal issues for years. My campaign theme is Accountability, Opportunity and Fairness.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Accountability as in reinstating an Auditor General. Fairness for all in terms of access to health care: re-think the Mega-Hospital. Opportunity for Windsorites by improving transit for workers who need it, and working with entrepreneurs to help build their businesses.  

Joey Wright
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(Joey Wright)

Age: 27

Occupation: Occupation Line Cook/Bartender/Restaurant Worker

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
Having worked in the hospitality industry, I bring real world experience working with time and budget constraints as well as bringing people together to work towards a common goal. I have lived in Ward 5 for 25 years and am familiar with the challenges facing our neighbourhoods.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
The biggest issue in Ward 5 is the proper maintenance of our roads, sewers and trees. We have to continue to reduce our infrastructure deficit and continue repairing our roads and sewers. We also need to take a look at the state of our trees and the wait to have them trimmed.

Ward 6

There are 4 people running for council in Ward 6.

Jeff Denomme​​
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(Jeff Denomme)

Age: 35

Occupation: 
Owner of Roof Raisin Design & Brand Hut (Graphic Design and Marketing Services) and owner of PAPA D'S Hot Sawce (Hot Condiments)

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
Being a small business owner I am familiar with the importance of costs and  ROI. I also believe creative problem solving is something council can benefit from.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Ward 6 = Flooding and Infrastructure. Municipality = Transparency and Accountability

Jo-Anne Gignac
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(Jo-Anne Gignac)

Age: 67

Occupation: Councillor Ward 6

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
Lifelong resident of Riverside, first elected 03. Successful advocate of flood strategy, Miracle Diamond, neighbourhood park renewal, traffic calming including Rvsd Dr & introduced narrowing of Wyandotte with bike lanes to council. Totally focused on an affordable liveable ward! 

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Liveability. So mitigating impact of storm damage, having accessible amenities, affordable services, safe active neighbourhoods, continued investments in infrastructure and keeping Riverside top choice to live & work!

Josh Jacquot
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(Josh Jacquot)

Age: 25

Occupation: Self employed at JJ Business Marketing Advantage / Night Stocker at Lowe's Canada 

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
My most relevant experience for this position is that back in 2017 I ran for president of my union U.A.W Local 251. It was definitely a foot in the door and a step in the right direction. I learned a lot about by laws and learned a lot about municipality by laws as well.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
The single biggest issue in ward 6 is flooding we need to take a real good look at the infrastructure and maybe look at other municipalities and see what has worked for them and what has not. 

​Terry Yaldo​
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(Terry Yaldo)

Age: 40

Occupation: Owner and operator of Midway Convenience in Ward 6 (since 1998) / Treasurer of Pillette Village BIA (since 2010) / Director of Ontario Convenience Stores Association (since 2014)

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
My experiencing running my small business Midway Convenience in Ward 6 for the past 20 years has given me a variety of skills that I would like to bring with me to city council. I also live in Ward 6 so I can face many challenges from multiple perspectives. 

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Unfortunately, flooding has plagued the Riverside area for too long. One of my major objectives is to do everything possible to prevent this from reoccurring. We need to upgrade our infrastructure much sooner than the ten year plan that has been recently proposed by the city.

Ward 7

There are 4 people running for council in Ward 7.

Barbara Holland
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(Barbara Holland)

Age: All Grown Up

Occupation: Director of Administration, The Holland Benefits Group

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
Proven experience. Strong leadership. Fiscally accountable. Current chair of Catholic School Board, 18 years as elected trustee. Successful business owner Holland Benefits with husband Jim. Caring community volunteer. Founding member Do Good Divas. President of WETRA.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Must put community above politics. Collaboration, not conflict, gets positive results. Challenges such as hospital site, flooding, poverty & homelessness, infrastructure, improving our status as an "Age Friendly City" for families and individuals requires realistic solutions.

Irek Kusmierczyk​​
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(Irek Kusmierczyk)

Age: 40

Occupation: City Councillor for Windsor Ward 7 / Director of Partnerships at WEtech Alliance

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
I have represented Ward 7 as a city councillor for five years, working with council colleagues under Mayor Francis and Mayor Dilkens while representing the City on over 10 committees and boards.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Prioritizing investments in infrastructure is critical – especially storm and sanitary sewers that will protect homeowners from flooding – including modernizing our roads, parks and community centres that strengthen our neighbourhoods and improve quality of life.

Angelo Marignani
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(Angelo Marignani)

Age: 52

Occupation: Former, Teacher/Human Resources NCB Tokyo Japan / Former, Small Business owner/operator Windsor Ontario / Current, Team member of Magna, Integram Division

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
Was a strong voice on various city boards including vice-chair DWBIA, Windsor Endowment for the Arts, City of Windsor Small Business committee. A husband, father who will serve with integrity and transparency. I care about local issues and will be responsive to our residents. 

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Improvement of current assets that have been neglected such as our roads, sewers and parks. Reduce cycle time on city projects. Taking a proactive approach to flood management for ward 7. Modernization of transit. Clean and safe streets and pathways. smart roads for a smart city.

Albert Saba​​
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(Submitted by Albert Saba)

Age: 49

Occupation: Employment Counsellor/Job Developer, Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women / Professor at Collège Boréal / Professor at St Clair College / Treasurer of "La Fondation Richelieu International" / Vice-President "La Résidence Richelieu"

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
Administrative skills, bilingual communications skills, and community organizing experience. Knowledge of engineering, math, and economics for management of financial forecast. Marketing expertise to publicize local initiatives and policies. Ability to conduct research studies.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Repetitive floods in Ward 7 due to lack of investment in drains and sewers. This led to the insurance cancellations of several homeowners. I want to be sure that the city is taking care of it!

Ward 8

There are 8 people running for council in Ward 8.

Giovanni (John) Abati
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(Giovanni (John) Abati)

Age: 54

Occupation: Transport Truck Driver

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
Watershed Planner & Cartographer – 10 years (2 Conservation Authorities). Waste Management – 10 years (Halifax Waste Resource Management Facility). Transportation Planning – 10 years (Volunteer Advocate). Environmental Research & Advocacy – 30 years (Volunteer & Student).

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Infrastructure. Poor road conditions and speeding drivers. Public transit – unreliable. Sewers – flooding, poor conditions properties are left in after repairs.

Gemma Grey-Hall
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(Gemma Grey-Hall)

Age: 48

Occupation: Major Gift Officer-Faculty of Science University of Windsor

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
I am a great communicator, excellent researcher, hard working individual with a knack for finances and a proven ability to work towards change. These skills have been acquired from twenty plus years working in the private, public and non-profit industries.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
The single biggest issue depends which neighbour you ask the question. Some are concerned about safety and traffic volumes. Others would indicate that community centres and additional infrastructure improvements required. Additional neighbourhoods would list transit and housing.

Patti Hayes
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(Patti Hayes)

Age: 52

Occupation: I am a constituency and community outreach assistant to Taras Natyshak MPP-Essex.

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
I feel that my experience working in this office for the past 7 years, will be a great asset in order to understand the needs of the residents in Ward 8. I currently help people navigate the provincial ministries and provincial services to assist them with their daily lives.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
We need to make Ward 8 and Windsor a community that supports all people to prosper while maintaining our infrastructure and improving our roads, sewers, parks and public transit. I will ensure transparency and accountability are a priority and champion public consultation.

Gary Kaschak
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(Gary Kaschak)

Age: 58

Occupation: CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency ) Administrator. If elected I will retire from this job to become a Full Time Councillor for the City & Ward.

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
My long time knowledge of the ward area & 35 years of federal government employment experience working with the public & government administration.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Continued improvements to infrastructure. We have to eliminate basement flooding and proper road & sewer upgrades are continually required. A community centre & park upgrades are much needed for the ward.

Greg Lemay
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(Greg Lemay)

Age: 33

Occupation: Small Business owner/ floor restoration

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
I'm a entrepreneur, community advocate, paralegal, father, leader, volunteer and board member - Harmony in Action. 

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
The single biggest issue in ward 8 is lack of community resources ie., community centre, splash pad/rink, poor parks, soccer turf.

​Kathryn MacDonell
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(Kathryn MacDonell)

Age: (a very young) 58

Occupation: Concierge / First responder for a Retirement Residence

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
I have an extensive business management background with a strong history of turning failing businesses into financial successes. 

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
The mega hospital is a fantastic opportunity for the region. Yet it leaves the city underserved. Our hospital infrastructures are decaying. Emergency and local services must be considered. We need to start a phase two conversation regarding a new hospital in the city.

David Sundin
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(David Sundin)

Age: 36

Occupation: Lawyer

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
I have been advocating on behalf of others for a number of years. Through both my career as a lawyer and as a board member for a number of non-profit organizations I have learned how to advance the interests of those I represent. 

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Thankfully there are not major issues in Ward 8, but there are certainly a number of issues that require attention. Complaints that I have heard about from the residents of Ward 8 include flooding, traffic issues, lack of reliable transit, and lack of a community centre.

Lisa Valente​
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(Lisa Valente)

Age: 41

Occupation: Chief of Operation for senior care company HSS qualified through LHIN / Owner of uPMedia Windsor Event connections / Owner of Back to Eden - organic health remedies

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
I'm an advocate, actively involved in the community and run 3 businesses which has allowed me to experience, listen and work on many issues that are important to the residents of the city of Windsor.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Ward: Access to community resources: splash pads, community centres, updated parks. Many residents have to leave the ward to access these resources. City: The city of Windsor is in need of affordable housing. 

Ward 9

There are 3 people running for council in Ward 9.

Alex Aggarwal
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(Alex Aggarwal)

Age: 51

Occupation: Technology & Management Strategy Consultant / TOGAF / CISSP / PMP​ / Inventor & Entrepreneur.

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
Using my management experience at Microsoft, IBM, ArvinMeritor & Capgemini, I'll help the Council to formulate policies that set Key Performance Indicators & Metrics for aligning the citizens' goals of lower taxes & better services to the performance of the City's administrators.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Windsor can diversify its economy & have more well-paying jobs by creating an environment for industry to flourish by lowering taxes & simplifying laws, that support innovation & entrepreneurship. In short the city must be run with a business-like efficiency and accountability.

Kieran McKenzie
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(Kieran McKenzie)

Age: 46

Occupation: Legislative Assistant - Brian Masse M.P.

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
In addition to having a background in public policy development & community outreach, I am the President and Creator of Rose City Politics. RCP is a weekly podcast dedicated to examining issues impacting the politics of our community. The show has been airing for over 10 years.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Infrastructure investments have not kept pace with growth in Ward 9, this is creating public safety problems in neighbourhoods and impacting quality of life. We continue to allow growth to proceed without proper investment including a lack of community centre or library.

Hilary Payne
Candidate did not reply to CBC questionnaire 

Ward 10

There are 8 people running for council in Ward 10.

Olivia Ashak
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(Olivia Ashak)

Age: Private

Occupation: Small Business Owner

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
As a small business owner I have worked hard to successfully raise & support my family and business in Ward 10. My experience as a businesswoman has strengthened my abilities to complete difficult tasks both efficiently & effectively. Ward 10 deserves a hard-working councillor.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
As your next councillor I will fight for the rights and interests of Ward 10 residents. We need an open and honest representative at city hall that is willing to be strong, hard-working, and unwavering in their commitment to our ward. Together we will build a greater Ward 10.

Paul Borrelli*
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(Paul Borrelli)

Age: 70

Occupation: Retired Teacher; present president of Boremic's Little River Development Inc.

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
Relevant is my property development, extensive entrepreneurship and teaching experience. Also, my MBA degree.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Most significant issue concerns the Central Box Project. This includes the Dominion corridor traffic congestion problems and the Dougall pedestrian tunnel construction.

Wally Chafchak
Candidate did not reply to CBC questionnaire 

Mohamed Chams
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(Mohamed Chams)

Age: 48

Occupation: Founder - Call2talk / Owner - Chams Development 

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
As a CEO I have 24 years of experience in negotiating & developing successful plans. My experience will be a great asset to our city. I have been involved & active in city projects such as fire hall, Herb Grey highway, bike lanes and many by law amendments. 

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Remington park area upgrades, sidewalks, road safety along with traffic claiming in the entire ward.

Mark Masanovich
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(Mark Masanovich)

Age: 47

Occupation: Manager of Facilities and Sessional College Instructor

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
I have a strong work ethic and extensive background in managing, budgeting and project completion. Using my municipal experience I will be able to hit the ground running with our ward concerns and get results.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Value for taxes including fixing and finishing our Ward 10 infrastructure and community amenities.

Jim Morrison
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(Jim Morrison)

Age: 63

Occupation: Retired Bank Manager

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
I have been a bank manager for 39 years. During that time, I was responsible for the safe keeping and management of people's life savings. I can be trusted managing your tax dollars and prudently spending a budget nearing $1 billion. 

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Traffic issues are top of mind for residents. The intersections on Dominion at Northwood and Labelle need major improvements. School districts on Totten, Northwood, Labelle and Remington need to be safer for our children with slower speed limits and enforcement.

​Michael Patterson
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(Michael Patterson)

Age: 48

Occupation: Owner and Operator of Windsor Electric Eel - Sewer and Drainage Specialists 

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
In the service industry for 25 years meeting people's needs promptly at very stressful times in their life. I have lived in Ward 10 all my life knowing the issues and have a passion for our Ward 10 community. I am transparent, accountable and ready to serve.

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
Our ward was hit hard with the floods of 2017, I am a drainage expert and want to be able to achieve the best results for the residents of Ward 10. We deserve immediate attention to this matter and not just a stop-gap approach to the problems.

Sadiq Pirani
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Age: 49

Occupation: Professional Engineer (25 years of experience in Traffic/Transportation Engineering & Smart Mobility Solutions Design)

What is your most relevant experience for this position?
I have worked in municipal and private organizations and have extensive knowledge & experience of working with community residents, mayor, councillors & administration staff. 

What is the single biggest issue in your ward/municipality?
​Ward 10's #1 Issue: Pedestrians and cyclists' safety (neighbourhood & road users' safety) including school children & seniors which can be resolved with 3E measures: Engineering, Enforcement and on-going community Education.

About the Author

Jonathan Pinto is the host of Up North, CBC Radio One's regional afternoon show for Northern Ontario and is based in Sudbury. He was formerly a reporter/editor and an associate producer at CBC Windsor. Email jonathan.pinto@cbc.ca.

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