Mayor candidate aiming for top
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 niagarafalls.ca/cityhall/elections. Gord.Howard@niagaradailies.com @gordhoward
Kip Finn, running for mayor of Niagara Falls.