Mayor: K. Hobbs (I)
– Mayor Keith Hobbs has been very important to the City of Thunder Bay when it comes to a number of difficult topics. Aboriginal relations, infrastructure and the event center. With a growing First Nation population in the city; Keith Hobbs has been at the forefront to attempting to make ammends for past government mistakes and inaction. This has created the foundation of which the City, Fort William First Nation and other First Nations can work together on different issues. Infrastructure has also been a major improvement under this council which has been allowed to falter under others. A 1.5% annually tax increase dedicated strictly to infrastructure has helped to reduce the deficit and the long term costs to the city. The Event Center has also been a important topic for the city and this is one where Mr. Hobbs has taken a stand. I agree with his stance of pro-event center with the declaration of additions funds from provincial and federal governments. While we may need to look at toning down the size of the building, the pro stance sits well with me.
At Large: R. Johnston (I)
Rebecca Johnston has been a powerful voice overshadowed in the need to curtain the spending of council but also spending the money to add culture to our city. While I may not agree with all the decisions made by council to add ‘culture’ to our city this is important to the city’s beauty. Rebecca has also be a strong voice in attempting to cut city services that were once able to be carried by the taxbase but no long can be. In a council with more pro-business and tax conscience minds around her we should see a change in how council operates. I also like her as a mentor to the new young minds on council as someone who can mold and drive these individuals.
Barry Steib has a strong reputation within the local business community and a strong push to do things in the community. A partner in helping to create one of Thunder Bay’s best annual events in the Blues Fest these types of ideas are just what we need. A strong business background will also help get the city’s books in order and make sure that the money we are spending is going back in the best possible options. I also like that he isn’t a council veteran so not tied up into the politics but a man with a lot of experience. He can help to guide the city to a better fiscal position and make sure our financial situation is good going forward.
A. Roberto (I)
Aldo is a firecracker and I like that about his personality. He isn’t afraid to show up to council with his ideas and bring forward new ways of doing business. I like Aldo as a moderate on council which will help to facilitate a council which has a lot of right leaning individuals then we are traditionally used to. Many times before Aldo has brought forward the idea of changing the way the city runs it venues and the number of spaces we have. This is the type of thinking we need to make sure that the fields and arenas are safe for users, efficient and reduce the amount of money the average taxpayer pays.
Rikards is a strong blue collar worker Councillor who brings the perspective of the middle of society to council. I like his ideas to help rejuvenate the downtown Fort William core and he will help to balance out a council which should be business oriented. His service in the military will help him to lead his ideas through the bureaucracy of council and administration. He will help to provide that incite into the needs of the average person and their voice on council. He is also new which means that he doesn’t have an prior affiliations and is coming in with a new set of ideals and views.
Mr. Pullia took a 4 year break from council and I think that this could help him to bring new ideas to the council table. He has that financial management background that could help to get the city a good deal with regards to the event center and help to find those budgetary cuts the city has been tip toeing around the past 10 years. I like the vision Mr. Pullia has and his background on council can help to mold and guide the new people on council into the future. As part of a business friendly council I can see us pushing through the changes we need to make in order to make our city venues top notch and sustainable through the future.
Neebing: G. Abthorpe
McIntyre: L. Ollivier
Mr. Ollivier brings in a new vision to city council with the eagerness of his youth to back it up. I like his platform and I like the way he conducts himself on a personal level. Being a business owner on a business friendly council he will be able to help push through changes for not only McIntyre but the city in general. Being from outside of the city he has no long term connections to old Thunder Bay values and ways that have kept the city in the 70-80’s for too long. He will have a good chance to assert himself in this campaign and this term of council.
Current River: A. Foulds (I)
Northwood: S. Ch’ng
Mckellar: K. Kuznak
Red River: D.G. Noonan
Westfort: J. Virdiramo (I)
The reviews behind the individual people are those people who I have the intention of voting for on this upcoming election. This are simply predictions and my thoughts on these individuals. I want to thank everyone running in this campaign as it takes a lot of work, money and time to campaign and then to sit in public office. I believe the current council has done a good job but it is time for a change and new ideas in this city. It will be an exciting race and there are a number of people that were close contenders to those who I have on this list.