Three run­ning to be mayor of Fort Erie

Jar­dine, Passero, Re­dekop on bal­lot for town’s top elected post

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The Re­view asked all the may­oral can­di­dates for Fort Erie the same ques­tions. A miss­ing an­swer means the can­di­date de­clined to an­swer.

Can­di­dates are listed al­pha­bet­i­cally.



Oc­cu­pa­tion: Re­tired busi­ness­man (Chip­pawa video store 15 years), also WHMIS safety in­struc­tor at GM

Fam­ily: Wid­ower, three chil­dren, six grand­chil­dren. Pre­vi­ous po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence: Ten years with the Ni­a­gara Green Party, do­ing re­search and at-large work.

Com­mu­nity work: Found­ing mem­ber of the Black Creek Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, which ac­quired former Black Creek school now used as a com­mu­nity-owned com­mu­nity cen­tre and home to scouts, beavers and Fort Erie Navy League. Also mem­ber Black Creek/Stevensville Lions Club. Run and helped run nu­mer­ous char­ity bin­gos, ac­quir­ing more than $100,000 in grants in that time. Great­est work was get­ting re­stric­tions put on sewage la­goon in Wil­loughby Town­ship, or­dered by an OMB judge. De­spite that, or­der has been

de­fied, lead­ing to mil­lions of litres of raw sewage be­ing dumped into Ni­a­gara River.

Top is­sue: Pol­lu­tion con­trol and pro­tect­ing the Ni­a­gara River. In my opin­ion an­other Walk­er­ton is over­due, right here in Ni­a­gara. Why are you run­ning?: Why should vot­ers choose you?: I will fight tooth and nail for the peo­ple of Fort Erie and serve the peo­ple, not a busi­ness group that has con­trolled our town since 1983.

Con­tact info: lynx­


Age: 39 Oc­cu­pa­tion: Cus­toms bro­ker­age rater Fam­ily: Part­ner, Car­rie Gor­don Pre­vi­ous po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence: Ward 1 coun­cil­lor 2010-14, Ward 2 coun­cil­lor 2015-present Com­mu­nity work: Mem­ber and past pres­i­dent of Fort Erie Lions Club; cham­ber of com­merce past pres­i­dent and direc­tor; mem­ber and past pres­i­dent On­tario Shore­walk As­soc.; chair of the Adult Lit­er­acy Coun­cil; vice-pres­i­dent South Ni­a­gara

Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters; lead or­ga­nizer Canada Day fire­works; co-elf of the Santa Claus Pa­rade; very proud to lead the team that re­opened and con­tin­ues to op­er­ate the Kins­men Pool

Top is­sue: Mov­ing our town for­ward. If we do what we’ve al­ways done, we’ll get what we’ve al­ways got. We de­serve more, and I’ll fight ev­ery day to make it hap­pen. Why are you run­ning?: I want to lead a change in our com­mu­nity — and pro­vide the lead­er­ship nec­es­sary to reach our true po­ten­tial. With pas­sion and per­se­ver­ance we can ac­com­plish great things. Why should vot­ers choose you?: I will bring a fresh per­spec­tive to the mayor’s of­fice and move con­fi­dently and boldly to chart a course where we kick open the door when op­por­tu­nity knocks. Like many res­i­dents, I am tired of hear­ing ‘we could have had this, we al­most had that.’ Con­tact info: sd­; 905-8719868; Twit­ter @PasseroFE; Face­book: Stephen Passero For Mayor


Age: 67 Oc­cu­pa­tion: Lawyer, with lo­cal firm Jones, Jamieson & Re­dekop since 1977

Fam­ily: Wife, Cathy, of 42 years; daugh­ters Lind­say (Rob), Hi­lary (Ri­ley) and Kylie (Bren­dan); grand­sons Brody and Cullen. Pre­vi­ous po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence: Town coun­cil, 1991-94; Mayor, 1997-2006, 2014-18

Com­mu­nity work: Mem­ber, direc­tor of var­i­ous non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Ridge­way Lions Club (since 1978), Head In­jury As­so­ci­a­tion of Fort Erie, fundrais­ing com­mit­tee for Crys­tal Ridge li­brary, Mayor’s Task Force to Save our Hospi­tal

(co-chair), Ni­a­gara Land Trust (first chair, 2009-11), D’You­ville Col­lege (trus­tee 200915, chair, 2013-15), and many oth­ers. Top is­sue: Man­ag­ing growth in Fort Erie. We need to work to­gether to en­sure we in­te­grate new res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments with our nat­u­ral her­itage to be unique; at­tract in­vest­ment, busi­nesses and peo­ple; pro­vide af­ford­able hous­ing for se­niors and fam­i­lies; meet the con­tin­u­ing needs of res­i­dents; im­prove ser­vices and keep taxes low. Why are you run­ning?: I love my com­mu­nity. We’re build­ing mo­men­tum to­ward cre­at­ing some­thing re­mark­able in Fort Erie. We have built a strong team of coun­cil­lors and staff. Fort Erie still needs a strong leader, who un­der­stands the im­por­tance of team­work. Why should vot­ers choose

you?: I have the ex­pe­ri­ence, proven record of suc­cess and lead­er­ship skills to en­sure Fort Erie con­tin­ues to pros­per and grow, is the com­mu­nity of choice for young and old, meets the needs of res­i­dents and main­tains the strate­gies to at­tract busi­nesses, in­vest­ment and peo­ple. I un­der­stand the com­plex­i­ties of bud­gets, mu­nic­i­pal af­fairs, ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­cesses and deal­ing with other lev­els of gov­ern­ment. The res­i­dents can count on me. Con­tact info: Cam­paign of­fice: 241 Gar­ri­son Rd., Fort Erie; 289-320-8774; wayne@waynere­

Ge­orge Jar­dine

Stephen Passero

Wayne Re­dekop

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