Twelve names on Falls bal­lot for re­gional coun­cil

Three seats up for grabs

The Niagara Falls Review - - News -

The Re­view asked all the can­di­dates for Ni­a­gara re­gional coun­cil the same ques­tions. A miss­ing an­swer means the can­di­date de­clined to an­swer. One can­di­date, Clarke Bit­ter, did not re­spond.

ANNE ANGELONE Age: 61 Fam­ily: Mar­ried, mother and grand­mother (and avid golfer) Occupation: Pre­vi­ous po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence: Com­mu­nity work: Sat on many boards. Top is­sue: Jobs, se­niors, trans­porta­tion, hous­ing and hon­est, ac­count­able gov­ern­ment.

Why should vot­ers choose you? A vote for Anne is a vote for real in­tegrity, ac­count­abil­ity, trans­parency and hon­esty. I can make a dif­fer­ence.

Contact info: 289-407-3258; an­ne­man­;­nean­


Occupation: Com­mu­nity ser­vice coun­selor, Dig­nity Memo­rial

Fam­ily: Wife Heather, 5 chil­dren.

Pre­vi­ous po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence: VP stu­dent union Brock Univer­sity

Com­mu­nity work: Di­rec­tor on Steve Ludzik Foun­da­tion for Parkin­son for past 7 years. Ron­ald McDon­ald cam­paign for past 15 yrs. Worked on United Way cam­paign, coached St. Catharines Int A girls hockey past 12 yrs. Coached mi­nor hockey 7 yrs. Helped at Soup Kitchen with my fam­ily for many years. Cur­rent as­sis­tant coach Brock Univer­sity women's hockey OUAA Top is­sue: Why are you run­ning? To en­sure your money and mine is spent with­out dis­re­gard, that is it’s ac­count­able. That we an­swer to what the com­mu­nity re­quires and make sure this area is pros­per­ous for our kids and grand­chil­dren. The need to look at how we can at­tract more busi­ness into the area. We have a great com­mu­nity, we need to keep it pros­per­ous. Why should vot­ers choose you: Hon­est, car­ing in­di­vid­ual who will look af­ter busi­ness like it’s my own dime. Will not waste funds, will make sure it’s the right de­ci­sion that ben­e­fits all. Will do my home­work, and work dili­gently for the pub­lic, be ac­count­able and vis­i­ble at the Re­gion.

Contact info: Cell 905-358-1329. timt­, FB Tim Housser

DAVE EKE Age: 73

Occupation: Re­tired in­dus­trial en­gi­neer from GM St. Catharines, 34 years of ser­vice

Fam­ily: Mar­ried to Deb­bie for 45 years, 2 chil­dren, 5 grand­chil­dren

Pre­vi­ous po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence: Lord Mayor of Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake (20102014); re­gional coun­cil­lor rep­re­sent­ing NOTL (2000-06,2010-14); town coun­cil­lor of NOTL (1991-1997).

Com­mu­nity Work: Board mem­ber/ chair Good­will In­dus­tries, board mem­ber/chair Ni­a­gara Re­gional Hous­ing, board mem­ber/chair NOTL Li­brary Board, past pres­i­dent of NOTL Lions Club.

Top Is­sue: Re­store trust, in­tegrity, trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity at re­gional coun­cil. Why I am run­ning: The need to achieve my top is­sue, as viewed by me and our cit­i­zens Why should vot­ers choose you: My per­sonal val­ues of hon­esty and re­spect have been demon­strated dur­ing my pre­vi­ous po­lit­i­cal ser­vice.

Contact Info: 289-296-6848; email: dave@dav­; web­site: dav­eeke­for­re­; Face­book: Dave Eke for Re­gional Coun­cil Ni­a­gara Falls

THERESA JOHN­SON Age: 62 Occupation: Re­tired Fam­ily: I have a hus­band, three chil­dren, five grand­chil­dren, and a car­ing ex­tended fam­ily.

Pre­vi­ous po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence: I at­tended many city coun­cil meet­ings in Ni­a­gara Falls and they were all a po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.

Com­mu­nity work: Girls’ soc­cer coach, Girl Guide leader at three lev­els, chair and mem­ber of school coun­cil, vol­un­teer at Peter­son’s com­mu­nity work­shop in Chip­pawa. Waved the bear from the truck win­dow for many Canada Day and Santa Claus pa­rades where my father played the banjo or the glock­en­spiel.

Top is­sue: High-den­sity affordable hous­ing that is a plea­sure to live in – such as Habi­tat 67 in Mon­treal – and an ef­fi­cient, ef­fec­tive trans­porta­tion sys­tem. Why are you run­ning? I pre­fer ac­tion to words. It is easy to com­plain, it is more dif­fi­cult to ac­tu­ally make change. Af­ter work­ing in Hamil­ton for many years, I now have time to get back to be­ing in­volved in my com­mu­nity. Why should vot­ers choose you: I’m hon­est, ac­count­able and will­ing to take on chal­lenges. I want to be part of an ef­fec­tive re­gional coun­cil that po­litely and legally brings pos­i­tive change to how we all live in Ni­a­gara. Contact info:

There­satrees@last­ land­line: 905-384-4528 Cell: 905-931-3605 BOB GALE Age: 64 Occupation: Re­tired from petroleum


Fam­ily: wife Vera, daugh­ter Jes­sica (Ed) Friesen, son Bobby (Shanda) Gale, daugh­ter An­gela (Chad) Mon­rad. 5 grand­chil­dren. Pre­vi­ous po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence: past 4 years as re­gional coun­cil­lor

Com­mu­nity work: past board mem­ber of GNGH Foun­da­tion, Big Brothers/Sis­ters, Boys and Girls Club (past pres­i­dent and hon­ourary mem­ber), Ni­a­gara Falls High School Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, past char­ter mem­ber Ni­a­gara Falls Sun­rise Ro­tary Club), past coach boys soft­ball, chair­man Bob Gale Rec Fund, mem­ber of for­mer Stam­ford Ma­sonic Lodge.

Top is­sue: ac­count­abil­ity to make this a bet­ter place to live, and be­ing re­spon­si­ble and ac­count­able for my de­ci­sions and ac­tions - and I am.

Why are you run­ning? I’ve seen the good and bad of pol­i­tics and there is much to be done to fur­ther the good items and change the bad. I’ve seen many elected peo­ple who can't make the hard, fair de­ci­sions and are only wor­ried about im­age. Why should vot­ers choose you: I can jus­tify ev­ery de­ci­sion I’ve made for the good of the cit­i­zens, but some­times the full story is not pre­sented or some choose to ig­nore it. I have saved the tax­payer over $500,000 per year on moves I have ini­ti­ated.

Contact info: www.bob­; elect­bob­, 905-3214253; www.bob­

JOHN MOROCCO Age: 63 Occupation: Re­cently re­tired af­ter 40 years of pub­lic Ser­vice.

Fam­ily: Mar­ried with 2 daugh­ters and 2 beau­ti­ful grand­chil­dren

Pre­vi­ous Po­lit­i­cal Ex­pe­ri­ence: As the city’s op­er­a­tions su­per­in­ten­dent, one of my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties was to pre­pare and present re­ports to city coun­cil and com­mit­tees.

Also to reg­u­larly re­spond di­rectly to coun­cil’s ques­tions and re­quests.

Com­mu­nity Work: I have vol­un­teered for com­mu­nity groups and events. Out of the Cold / Com­mu­nity Kitchen, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, Ro­tary Ribfest for past 14 years.

Hon­oured re­cip­i­ent of a Paul Har­ris Fel­low­ship Award rec­og­niz­ing ser­vice above self. Why Are You Run­ning: To re­store eth­i­cal, ac­count­able and fis­cally re­spon­si­ble lead­er­ship. Tax­pay­ers need to know and trust their money is be­ing used ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively to pro­vide the nec­es­sary ser­vices and to cre­ate a re­gion and city that are great places to live, work and in­vest. Why Should Vot­ers Choose You: I have the proven ex­pe­ri­ence, skills and abil­i­ties to pro­vide the type of lead­er­ship re­quired to set re­spon­si­ble pri­or­i­ties and pro­duce ac­count­able re­sults. Contact info: Web­site: john­; email john­morocco@ni­a­; Phone 905-658-0274.

BAR­BARA RUTH GREEN­WOOD Age: 72 Occupation: Com­mu­nity re­la­tions


Fam­ily: Hus­band Bill; to­gether we have 5 chil­dren

Pre­vi­ous Po­lit­i­cal Ex­pe­ri­ence: Worked for fed­eral and provin­cial mem­bers of Par­lia­ment for to­tal of 6 years. Mem­ber re­gional coun­cil 2006-2014.

Com­mu­nity work: Vol­un­teer, Pro­ject Share; di­rec­tor Boys and Girls Club of Ni­a­gara 17 years; past pres­i­dent and in­com­ing pres­i­dent Ro­tary Club of Ni­a­gara Falls 12 years; past pres­i­dent Ni­a­gara Falls Curl­ing Club; re­cip­i­ent Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Sov­er­eign Medal for Vol­un­teers in Canada: re­cip­i­ent Key­stone Award Boys and Girls Club of Canada; vol­un­teer Can­cer So­ci­ety and Kid­ney Foun­da­tion.

Top Is­sues: Po­lit­i­cal mis­man­age­ment of Ni­a­gara Re­gion for past 4 years the mul­ti­mil­lion-dollar fi­nan­cial fi­asco with the Bur­goyne Bridge, con­tin­ued in­con­sis­tency with garbage pickup, and we need to as­sure se­niors we’ll take care of their needs through long-term care.

Why are you run­ning? To bring hon­esty, in­tegrity and trans­parency back to Ni­a­gara Re­gion so res­i­dents can trust the Re­gion again. Why should vot­ers choose you? I showed I cared for my com­mu­nity be­fore I be­came a politi­cian and will con­tinue to work on be­half of the res­i­dents as their elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive over the next 4 years.

Contact in­for­ma­tion: 905-988-2510; Bar­baraGreen­; email: bb­green­wood@co­; Face­book.

DIANNE MUNRO Age: Occupation: Psy­chother­a­pist Fam­ily: Mar­ried with 4 kids and 5 grand­kids

Pre­vi­ous po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence: For

City of NF: Arts, Cul­ture and Mu­seum; Vol­un­teer ap­pre­ci­a­tion: chair of Street Mu­si­cian sub­com­mit­tee. Com­mu­nity Liv­ing On­tario ( for­mer pres­i­dent), pres­i­dent of Probus Ni­a­gara Falls and Wil­loughby His­tor­i­cal.

Top is­sue: Re­turn­ing Re­gion to a func­tion­ing body which em­ploys good gov­er­nance and fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity. Scan­dals and in­ves­ti­ga­tions have in­ter­fered with get­ting job done.

Why are you run­ning? I have a strong back­ground in de­vel­op­ing gov­er­nance stan­dards. We need code of ethics, pol­icy and pro­ce­dures re­gard­ing ex­pense accounts and clear goals for the Re­gion. Why should vot­ers choose you? Com­mit­ment to my com­mu­nity. Strong, in­de­pen­dent and clear thinker who can re­search and an­a­lyze with a goal-set­ting fo­cus. Fa­mil­iar with home­less­ness, affordable hous­ing, men­tal health is­sues, ad­dic­tion and fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Contact info: Face­book. Dianne MUNRO for Re­gional Coun­cil, www.Dian­ Db­; 905-295-9383. Mo­bile. 905-815-8687

PE­TER NI­CHOL­SON Age: 35 Occupation: Lawyer. Also taught part-time at Ni­a­gara Col­lege.

Fam­ily: Mar­ried to Kyra Ni­chol­son; res­cue dog Lady; sib­lings Rob and Chris­tine Ni­chol­son; par­ents Rob and Ar­lene Ni­chol­son. Pre­vi­ous po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence:

Vol­un­teer on var­i­ous fed­eral, provin­cial po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns.

Com­mu­nity work: Lec­tor and vol­un­teer at St. Pa­trick par­ish. Mem­ber of the board of direc­tors for the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Ni­a­gara Foun­da­tion for sev­eral years. Top is­sue: Sup­port for se­niors. I in­tend to be a strong ad­vo­cate for se­niors, their care­givers and pro­grams and ser­vices they re­quire. Why are you run­ning? This is my first time run­ning for pub­lic of­fice. There have been sev­eral is­sues and chal­lenges at the Re­gion and I be­lieve it could use a fresh per­spec­tive and fresh ideas. I will strive to keep taxes low, sup­port se­niors, and en­sure we have re­li­able waste col­lec­tion.

Why should vot­ers choose you: I was born and raised in Ni­a­gara Falls and re­main com­mit­ted to rep­re­sent­ing the best in­ter­ests of res­i­dents. I take pride in be­ing known by oth­ers as some­one who is ac­ces­si­ble, de­pend­able, hon­est, re­li­able and hard work­ing. I will bring that same drive, fo­cus and com­mit­ment to re­gional coun­cil and the peo­ple of Ni­a­gara.

Contact info: 289-687-0799; Elec­tNi­chol­; www.elect­peter­ni­chol­ CHRIS RIGAS Age: 44 yrs old Occupation: Self em­ployed/restau­ra­teur

Fam­ily: Mar­ried, 4 chil­dren Pre­vi­ous po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence: No po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence

Com­mu­nity work: I sup­port and do­nate to many com­mu­nity groups and lo­cal char­i­ties such as Red Roof Re­treat and Steve Ludzik Foun­da­tion.

Top is­sue: My top pri­or­ity is putting re­gional gov­ern­ment back in the hands of the peo­ple.

Why are you run­ning? I am run­ning be­cause I have al­ways had a pas­sion for lo­cal pol­i­tics and I be­lieve the time is now to make a dif­fer­ence. Why should vot­ers choose you? I be­lieve vot­ers should choose me be­cause I am a strong voice and want to fix lo­cal gov­ern­ment. I will be tena­cious in my pro­tec­tion of the in­ter­ests of the tax­payer and I will bring a next gen­er­a­tion per­spec­tive to gov­ern­ment.

Contact info: Chris e-mail: rig as 4 re­gion@ gm ail. com Re­view

SELINA VOLPATTI Age: 77 Occupation: Re­tired Fam­ily: Four chil­dren six grand­chil­dren. Pre­vi­ous po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence:

Twelve years at Ni­a­gara Falls city coun­cil, eight years Ni­a­gara Re­gion coun­cil.

Com­mu­nity work: Pres­i­dent, Schizophre­nia So­ci­ety of On­tario; di­rec­tor Schizophre­nia So­ci­ety of Canada; NF Hos­tel Com­mit­tee; found­ing mem­ber, hon­orary di­rec­tor Pro­ject Share.

Top is­sues: Roads and in­fras­truc­ture, in­clud­ing devel­op­ment of GO sta­tion; ex­ten­sion of Thorold Stone Road to Vic­to­ria Av­enue; new Chip­pawa wa­ter treat­ment plant; fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity, keep­ing taxes low; new affordable hous­ing in Ni­a­gara Falls; tran­si­tional and sup­port­ive hous­ing for those who need sup­port with daily liv­ing; im­proved treat­ment and ser­vices for the men­tally ill; strike a task force on gov­er­nance in Ni­a­gara to come up with fea­si­ble op­tions to present to the Province. We have way too many politi­cians for our pop­u­la­tion in Ni­a­gara. This is the time! Why are you run­ning? To serve the res­i­dents of Ni­a­gara Falls and en­sure the city gets its fair share of re­gional fund­ing; be an ac­tive voice for Ni­a­gara Falls res­i­dents. Why should vot­ers choose you:

Be­cause I fight for Ni­a­gara Falls.

Contact info: 905-358-0333; seli­navol­; http://Seli­naVol­; Face­book: Volpatti’s Voice

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