307 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, Ontario, N9A 3H7
2022 Windsor Election Rose City Politics Candidate Questionnaire answers:
1. What is your prior political experience?
I have decades of community leadership and leadership of professional organizations at president-level. I have no prior political experience.
2. Why are you running?
I have extensive experiences that relate to all the people and aspirations of our wonderful city, I have a great love of the city and our people, and I have the time to commit to being a voice for our citizens.
3. What do you do currently for a living?
I am a pharmacy consultant, retired (semi-) occupationally and have a hospitality business
4. What is the biggest issue affecting the ward you are running for?
In summary, poor accountability. Leaders, citizens and those on support need to be more accountable. That’s the only way we are going to be successful in addressing struggling small businesses, lack of adequate affordable housing, blight and decay, homelessness, drug use and dwindling neighborhood facilities and resources. Leaders need to prioritize resident needs and be held to their promises, citizens need to vote (30% turnout is very poor) and hold leaders to account, and those on support other than disability must be on a path to self-sustenance.
5. What is the biggest issue affecting the city of Windsor?
Please see answer to 4 above. It applies here. Also, the crown jewel of the city (downtown Windsor) is in Ward 3 and so, “As Ward 3 goes, so does the city of Windsor!”
6. Are you seeking any endorsements?
Yes. Of all those resident and eligible to vote in Ward 3.
7. Have you received any endorsements?
I have had wonderful interactions so far during the campaign. I have met many great people and families. I am hopeful and look forward to a great result on October 24th.
8. Will you continue the “hold the line on taxes” policy?
Not at the expense of services. There are A LOT of suffering households in Ward 3, struggling to have shelter and food. The city needs to have the means to help and support bold and practical initiatives.
9. Do you support the mega-hospital location?
No. The question will be whether the location is a fait accompli by the time of the next Council, and there’s many answers to that question. The biggest factor will be the overall composition of the next City Hall (councillors and mayor), a desire to ensure citizens downtown are adequately served.
10. Do you support strong mayor legislation?
No. In Windsor, we already have a “strong mayor” set-up and there’s no justification to further enhancing their powers. In Windsor, the mayor is full time and has strong administrative support while councillors are part time without much independent admin support. That is a large resource imbalance already.
11. Should the city use taxpayers dollars to bring jobs to the area?
Of course and that must be done prudently, in a fiscally responsible manner and for priorities that directly improve the lives of citizens.
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?
Mr. Rino Bortolin is not running for re-election
13. How many hours per week do you plan to allocate towards council business if elected?
20-50 hrs as needed
14. Do you live in the ward you are running for?
Yes, I live downtown.
15. What agencies, boards, or committees do/have you served on, and in what capacity?
NUMEROUS AND VARIED committees, boards and agencies. These include community organizations, professional advocacy organizations, professional executive level management, condo boards, founder of a not-for-profit charity and of a technology company, etc.
16. What person, animal or fictional character should be Windsor’s unofficial mascot?
I’m going to suggest a racoon named Roko. Raccoons are abundant in Windsor, are beautiful and mischievous, very smart and industrious, fight back if necessary, and are extremely resilient and adaptable!!