Ward 14 itself is the greatest gift that the city of hamilton could have recieved through amalgamation. Outside of the obvious, like Flamboro Downs, we are blessed to have acres upon acres of precious farmland and a geographical footprint that is second to nothing in this province. I am amazed, as I'm sure you are as well, at the vast beauty that so many call home.
The incumbent likes to refer to the residents of Flamborough as being "different". He feels as if the needs of this community are vastly different then the rest of post-amalgamated Hamilton. I think this view point, while being narrow-minded, also limits the success this community will have moving forward. We need a change this term in ward 14. While other incumbents are able to run on their record of accomplishments, the ward 14 incumbent has a history of poor attendance and seemingly lack of interest. At this critical time of need, ward 14 and the city of hamilton, need someone stronger and more dedicated to making improvements. Ward 14 depends on a positive proactive leader to encourage sustainable change and to give residents the respect they deserve, all the while perserving the quality of life that has been benchmark for this community for so long.
While the city itself has had a number of issues, some being self inflicted, I believe the main issue here is a neglected view of the tax and service ratio and a respect for the tax payers hard earned money. Although largely ignored by the incumbent, and council as a whole, its shocking that this community has been hit with an additional 50 plus percent tax increase over the past 10 years and has recieved less in services from their partnership with the city.
All I ask is for residents to challenge this idea of how a city can be run. I want residents in ward 14 to question everything they know about how a city should be run and keep an open mind to the possibility that there is a better way. It is unfortunate that this ward has gone so long without adequate representation but im prepared to change that.
Please take the time to look around a little. I could not be happier to have you taking the time to explore a better way. This is an exciting moment for ward 14 and together we will make a difference in the lives of our friends, family and neighbors.
Don't forget to contact me ... I'd love to get to know you better!