Why should I vote for you?

Browse the answers below from the 2018 municipal election candidates from Grimsby.

Mayor

Steve Berry

Steve Berry

Experience - for 18 years I have been on town council and served in various roles – Chair of Public works, Chairman of Administration and Finance and Deputy Mayor. As well as served on Niagara Power Boards. The transition should be an easy one.
Commitment –to the town to make things work and develop ‘Made in Grimsby Solutions’ to issues like WLMH, development and transit needs.
Integrity - If we have not met please ask someone who has worked with me or required my assistance because I am convinced that they will endorse of my candidacy.
Make the Right Choice!

Jeff Jordan

Jeff Jordan

With 30 years of experience as a local businessperson and my previous tenure on Council as an Alderman, I am well prepared with the unique combination of leadership, political and business skills that the role of Mayor requires.
As Mayor, I will bring transparency, accountability and openness back to Town Hall. 
Residents, who are now kept in the dark, deserve a Mayor and Council that is accessible, respects our citizens and provides them a greater say in Town decisions.
Quite simply, I hope to bring common sense to Town Hall and lead a Council that follows our community vision.

Ward 1

Cindy Aiken

Being a long time resident of Grimsby (20 years), I have seen what Grimsby was and what it is now. I promise to research all decisions I support; to hear from both sides of an issue.
I will stand behind my decisions and debate them with anyone that is interested.  Anyone that knows me, knows that anything I do, I do with integrity.
I will bring a fresh set of eyes and a willingness for transparency towards issues that Grimsby residents have a right to know about.  I believe in consensus building rather than confrontation.

Reg Freake

Because I’m committed and prepared to represent the residents and voters of Ward One and Grimsby.
From a moral perspective, I cannot sit around and watch our elected officials disrespect our citizens while they make unethical and irresponsible decisions about the future of Grimsby. If you want change then you must vote a change-agent.
I bring a vast knowledge and experience in business management, community services and customer satisfaction including a proven track record of problem solving and strategic planning.
My qualifications in leadership, operations, budgets, policy and process improvement make me a good candidate for Grimsby Council.

Dave Wilson

Dave Wilson

I believe my extensive experience would be an asset in dealing with any issue before Council 
-  22 years living in Grimsby
-  Eighteen years as Alderman in Ward 1
-  Experience as Deputy Mayor
-  Experience on Planning, Finance, Works, Recreation Committees 
-  Past Citizen of the Year
-  10 years business experience as a Human Resource Supervisor, Buyer and Production Planner
-  Experience as a Co-op Business Educator with a B.A. in Commerce and Sociology
-  Vice Chairman of a Non-Profit Housing Corporation
Continue to LET YOUR CONCERNS BE MY CONCERNS!

Kevin Ritchie

Kevin Ritchie

KEVIN RITCHIE is a vote for: INTEGRITY, ACCOUNTABILITY, and TRANSPARENCY.
I will do the right thing, always. I will listen to the residents on every issue and provide a response to the needs of our community.
I promise to conduct myself in an open and accountable manner, ensure taxpayers dollars are used efficiently and effectively and will ask the tough questions, while considering the impact every decision will have on our community.
I will pledge to be a standard bearer of morals and values by holding myself to higher ethical standards to ensure the public trust
in me, if elected.

Ralph Vitello

Ralph Vitello

I ask for the privilege of your vote based upon my willingness to serve my constituents without reservation; to bring-forth all concerns of the residents of Ward 1, respecting all points of view.
My profession of almost 30 years has provided me with the strong qualifications required in order to represent and negotiate with - Integrity - Accountability - Transparency & most importantly Adaptability.
I will serve Ward 1 and the Town of Grimsby with consistency and purpose, continuing on all the positive accomplishments of our great Town…I ask that you have courage to vote for Change

Ward 2

Rejeanne Appelman

Rejeanne Appelman

I’m not a politician, but my whole life has always been invested in Grimsby - that’s never going to change.  And I want to use my platform to make sure every voice - old and young - is heard. 
I don’t want to waste time arguing about things that can’t be changed.
I want to support realistic goals and ensure our tax dollars are being spent in ways that support the bigger picture.

Dave Kadwell

Dave Kadwell

You should vote for Dave Kadwell because of my 12 years of political experience on Grimsby Council a position of great responsiblility, which I am honoured to hold.
As your Ward 2 Representative, I have listened to your ideas and concerns and basis my decisions on your needs.  I feel my voting record reflects my dedication in representing the citizens of Ward 2 and Grimsby. 
I am proud of our community and its people and I am committed to continue to represent you with enthusiasm, integrity and hard work.

Nameer Rahman

I am looking to bring transparency and fiscal accountability back to city hall and directly represent the interests of Grimsby residents. Above all, I hope to make Grimsby the best place it can be for my family and yours. This can only be done when residents, elected representatives and town officials are all on the same page in terms of priorities and direction.
So if you’re looking for someone who is qualified, committed and passionate for the job at hand and who will stand up for you, then vote Nameer Rahman.

Michelle Seaborn, Grimsby, Ward 2

Michelle Seaborn

I  care about our community and consider the long-term effect of each decision posed to me (council).  I have proven leadership skills and am a team player.  As a team player I engage the public and always consider their input.
There are several community groups that I volunteer my time to as well as public forums that I participate in.  I have the time and desire to devote to doing this job well. 

Lianne Vardy

Lianne Vardy

As a former Associate Director General with the Public Health Agency of Canada I will bring to Council 3 decades of public sector experience, strong fiscal management expertise and good governance practice. I understand what produces good public policies that strengthen communities and how to avoid ill-conceived, wasteful projects that result in higher taxes and missed opportunities.
I will work with citizens to get things done -  on time and on budget. That’s my reputation.
I will use my vote on Council to enforce our by-laws, protect our heritage and natural environments, and be accountable and transparent to residents.

Ward 3

Ryan Day, Grimsby, Ward 3

Ryan Day

I have an open honest approach with full Transparency in mind.  I have lived in Grimsby for 13 years and plan to stay.
With that said i would love to be more involved in the community and help as voice.  I would like to hear and help with concerns that are brought forward and help make long term decisions for the Town’s best Interests.
I have 15 years service in Public Works within another Municipality and feel knowing the business of customer service would be a great addition for Grimsby and our constituents. 

Joanne Johnston, Grimsby, Ward 3

Joanne Johnston

Living here in Grimsby, being on council, I represent you, my neighbours, my constituents, and my community. I consider myself, an extension of commitment as to what I can do too, to speak for you.
I am actively involved with our community, giving back in many ways. One of my strong points is, I listen and bring your concerns back to council. I am not afraid to speak up for my community. I ask not what my town can do for me, but what can I do for my town. Please have faith in me, God bless.

Sonja Nelles

Sonja Nelles

I worked as a full time registered practical nurse at our local Grimsby hospital, West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, since 1986.  I am presently retired from WLMH but am continuing to work and run my own foot care business (Grimsby Foot and Nail Care) in the Grimsby surrounding area.
I am a Dutch-Canadian citizen with a strong belief in family, community, and heritage values.
Together with my husband of 39 years, we raised our three children in Grimsby to be a part of a small tight-knit community with a small town feel.
Now I see the need for changes that are respectful for the people who live here. My surname, Nelles, is a well-known name in Grimsby since 1784.

Randy Vaine, Grimsby, Ward 3

Randy Vaine

• I will represent things that are important to you. I will serve residents with respect and genuinely listen to your concerns.
• I bring honesty, openness and transparency in all matters to residents of Grimsby, These are traits ingrained in me after 29 years as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer.
• I will work hard to keep town taxes to no higher than the Cost of Living each year.
• I will work hard to address long outstanding concerns for residents within Ward 3, such as bringing local transit to Grimsby as well as working for responsible growth. 

Ward 4

Nick DiFlavio

Nick DiFlavio

Over my 15 years of service to our community as a Council member, I have provided leadership and long-term vision. I have always responded promptly and worked hard to represent the constituents of Ward 4.
 
I have worked to reduce debt while protecting service levels and expanding parks and facilities. As chair of the planning committee, I have worked for better long-term land-use planning in Grimsby and helped reshape and restore the downtown by advocating for heritage and façade improvement grants. I facilitated the Waterfront Master Plan, making permanent public access to Grimsby's waterfront through trails and parks a reality.

Dorothy Bothwell

Dorothy Bothwell

For the past four years I have paid very close attention to how decisions are made at Council.
Often, reports are presented and rubber-stamped.  I have attended most meetings, spoke as a delegation and carefully read and questioned numerous planning and consultant’s reports, resulting in corrections and changes to important policies.
Grimsby is undoubtedly a great place to live, but insufficient parking standards, lack of by-law enforcement, fill dumping violations and over-intensification are ongoing concerns.  I will continue to speak up and advocate to resolve community issues and would be privileged to be your voice for Ward 4.

Carolyn Mullins

Carolyn Mullins

As Alderman for Ward 4, I have served for 8 years on the Finance and Administration and the Recreational Services and Culture Committees. I have a strong financial background and will continue to ensure financial issues are prudently managed.
Over the past 4 years, as Chair of the Finance Committee, I oversaw a number of projects and am particularly proud of the completion of Fire Station 2, on time and on budget. During that period tax increases did not exceed the cost of living.
I have lived in Grimsby for the past 22 years and am passionate about this town.

Dave Sharpe

Dave Sharpe

Born and raised in Grimsby and now living in Ward 4 with my wife, Julie, our son and soon to arrive baby, so I’m passionate about this town and its future.
I became interested in local politics in 2014 and I’ve been attending council meetings regularly since 2016, so I’m very well informed and have shown dedication to the issues. I’m approachable, hard working, and honest.
As your alderman I will listen to your concerns and bring an informed opinion to council. I’ve received a lot of support already. With your support I’m confident that I can make positive change.

Regional Councillor

Wayne Fertich

Wayne Fertich

We need to have the Grimsby representative be proactive with issues related to Grimsby.
Because of my past experience on the Transportation Strategy Steering Committee we (the Team) studied the issues relating to all the municipalities and came up with excellent recommendations to the Region. Inter-municipal Specialized Transit. 
We need the Regional Rep to attend Council meetings and update issues related to Grimsby.  I will do that.
As a member of the Grimsby Team I will be very Transparent.  “For Someone who Cares”, VOTE WAYNE FERTICH

Tony Quirk

Tony Quirk did not submit a photo or answers to the questions offered.

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