Ward 8 Candidate: Gary Kaschak

Gary Kaschak Gary Kaschak

Gary Kaschak

2703 Clemenceau Boulevard, Windsor, Ontario, N8T 2P9
Email: gkaschak@cogeco.ca

2022 Windsor Election Rose City Politics Candidate Questionnaire answers:

1. What is your prior political experience?

17 years combined as Union Steward, Vice President of the Local for 2 years and President of my Local for 5 years. As well the current Ward 8 City Councillor for the past 4 years.

2. Why are you running?

As a lifelong Windsorite I’m very passionate about my City and want to continually improve the Community.

3. What do you do currently for a living?

I am a Full Time Windsor City Councillor.

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

The most complaints I receive is about vehicles goes too fast, speeding & aggressive driving. I’ve been a leader on the Traffic Calming portfolio and want to see meaningful improvements on this issue.

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

I believe we have to be a good partner and provider in finding, building & providing housing & affordable for the many residents of Windsor requiring this today. This was not an issue 6 years ago but many factors since have contributed to a high demand and lack of supply.

6. Are you seeking any endorsements?

I did seek the WDLC endorsement & for some reason did not receive it. I have been endorsed though by the Friends of Fontainebleau Community Group which is a strong Community in the Fontainebleau area of Ward 8.

7. Have you received any endorsements?

I did seek the WDLC endorsement & for some reason did not receive it. I have been endorsed though by the Friends of Fontainebleau Community Group which is a strong Community in the Fontainebleau area of Ward 8.

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

My voting record in 4 years as a Councillor is not to ‘hold the line on taxes” policy. I believe in wise, timely spending to improve our Community when required and not tax freezes.

9. Do you support the mega-hospital location?

Yes I do but with the caveat that we do require a 24 hour emergency centre facility in the greater Downtown area as well.

10. Do you support strong mayor legislation?

I do not.

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

Yes at time it is needed. A perfect example is this current City Council assembling & buying the land now so that a $7 Billion Stellantis/LG investment could be approved in Windsor and it was. CIP’s have proven useful as well providing enhanced Development activity.

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 the incumbent

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

I currently work anywhere from 35 to 60 hours per week as the Ward 8 City Councillor. I also sit on 12 Boards & Committees and will continue with this or likely an even increased workload if re-elected.

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

Yes I do for the past 30 years and have lived in East Windsor all of my life.

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

EWSWA – Chairperson, ETPS Standing Committee, Licensing Committee, International Relations Committee, Roseland Board, Transit Advisory Committee, Huron Lodge Management Committee, Court of Revision & Drainage Committee, Windsor Tunnel Board, Windsor Essex Health Unit, City Hall Esplanade Committee & Development Charges committee as a member for the last 11 Committees.

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

That’s a good question so I would say a Lion because Windsorites are tough, resilient and proud of their surroundings and don’t settle for the status quo. Demand improvements.

Lion by Alexas Fotos on Pexels.com