Mayor can­di­date aim­ing for top

The Niagara Falls Review - - Front Page - GORD HOWARD THE NI­A­GARA FALLS RE­VIEW

The great-grand­son of leg­endary Ni­a­gara Falls river­man Red Hill Sr. wants the top job at city hall.

Cit­ing a need for “new blood and new vi­sion,” Kip Finn reg­is­tered re­cently to run for mayor of Ni­a­gara Falls in the Oct. 22 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion. He’s one of three can­di­dates so far.

“I’ve al­ways been quite vo­cal about pol­i­tics, (po­lit­i­cal) de­ci­sions,” said Finn, 44, who moved to the city a year ago from St. Catharines.

“It was once I came here and started to re­con­nect with lon­glost mem­bers of my fam­ily that I heard about their hard­ships and how things are and how they wished they’d be. That’s when I de­cided” to run.

Finn, who has worked at Costco since 1994, said ex­pe­ri­ence as a se­nior man­ager work­ing in a large or­ga­ni­za­tion, with the com­mu­ni­ca­tion and team­work skills

that re­quires, will help him as mayor.

On Fri­day, he said while tourism is the ma­jor in­dus­try in Ni­a­gara Falls, res­i­dents’ needs should be the pri­or­ity in plan­ning de­ci­sions.

“There’s a lot of po­ten­tial I see here in the Falls,” he said in an in­ter­view. “Tourism is a big part of the busi­ness, but you’ve got to re­mem­ber the res­i­dents.”

Finn pointed to what he felt were too many un­fin­ished projects and aban­doned build­ings, as well as a need for “de­cent jobs,” as his mo­ti­va­tion for run­ning.

The city should be able to use its po­si­tion as a world­wide tourism des­ti­na­tion to mar­ket it­self to busi­nesses look­ing to ex­pand or re­lo­cate.

“The word Ni­a­gara Falls at­tached to any com­pany’s name has got to be enough” to make the city at­trac­tive to them, he said.

The dead­line for can­di­dates to file to run in the elec­tion is Fri­day, July 27 at 2 p.m.

Ni­a­gara Falls Mayor Jim Dio­dati will seek re­elec­tion and a sec­ond chal­lenger, Di­nah Lilia Man­sour, reg­is­tered Fri­day to run for mayor.

For more in­for­ma­tion on fil­ing nom­i­na­tion pa­pers, go to ni­a­­hall/elec­tions. Gord.Howard@ni­a­ @gord­howard

Kip Finn, run­ning for mayor of Ni­a­gara Falls.

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