Ward 6 Candidate: Ashley Lafreniere

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Ashley Lafreniere

Email: ashley.riverside.6@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ashley-lafreniere-ward-6

2022 Windsor Election Rose City Politics Candidate Questionnaire answers:

1. What is your prior political experience?

I have no previous political experience, I am currently the President of the Miracle Orchard Project and have experience in dealing with the city from that side of things.

2. Why are you running?

I am running because the residents of this city largely seem to want the same things and city council seems to not realize this. We need a change on the whole.

3. What do you do currently for a living?

I work in property management.

4. What is the biggest issue affecting the ward you are running for?

Riverside’s (ward 6) primary concern is safety (namely regarding traffic and the lack of safe places to recreate but also crime)

5. What is the biggest issue affecting the City of Windsor?

The city as a whole has issues regarding housing but also safety specifically as it relates to traffic.

6. Are you seeking any endorsements?

I am!

7. Have you received any endorsements?

Yes, I just received one from the Windsor and District Labour Council

8. Will you continue the “hold the line on taxes” policy?

This is a super tough question. I would honestly want to really review the data before making a decision. My first answer though would be no- but also we still have a number of residents who don’t feel like they’re getting the quality of service that they are supposed to be paying for and I definitely understand.

9. Do you support the mega-hospital location?

I generally am anti-urban sprawl- I would have liked to see this placed in a more accessible location.

10. Do you support strong mayor legislation?

I no longer support the stronger mayor legislation – at the time I didn’t realize that they could overrule zoning restrictions and i’d really like that process to remain.


11. Should the city use taxpayers dollars to bring jobs to the area?

No. Because of Windsor’s already low cost of living companies save money by employing local people- we should highlight this fact and encourage them to come to the city but also pay their fair share.

12. If you are running in a ward with an incumbent who is also running, why is change necessary, and why are you the person to deliver it?

I am running against an incumbent. She has been in this role for 2 decades and doesn’t have social media to engage with her voters – many who I have talked to, particularly in the Villages, have no idea who she is. Additionally she has actively voted against things that would have helped the neighborhood. Sbhe voted against safe injection sites when several people have posted about finding used needles on the sidewalks in our neighbourhood. She’s really out of touch and we can absolutely do better.

13. How many hours per week do you plan to allocate towards council business if elected?

All of them – I intend for this to become my only job.

14. Do you live in the ward you are running for?


15. What agencies, boards, or committees do/have you served on, and in what capacity?

I am the president of the Miracle Orchard Project

16. What person, animal or fictional character should be Windsor’s unofficial mascot?

Rosie the riveter would be neat!

Cover of the published music to the song “Rosie the Riveter” (1942)