Municipal Elections 2018: Ward Five Candidates

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Get to know your candidates!

Here’s who is running for Ward Five in this year’s municipal elections.

Ward Five Candidates

Frank Fata

Bio

I strongly believe that we must work together with our neighbours, which includes Soo, Mich., Prince Twp, Sault Board and of course, our Indigenous neighbours. It is paramount that the 3 levels of government come to the table to have 1 common goal- improve the quality of life of all the residents of Sault
Ste. Marie and area. Together, with all hands on deck, this is a mission that I am, if successful, prepared to play an integral part of.

Frank FataWhy are you running?

I am running because I am extremely passionate about Sault Ste. Marie. I am a lifelong resident, my family is rooted here and I care deeply about which direction our City is heading, especially in these next 4-6 years. I believe that I offer the residents of Ward 5 a clear alternative to at least 2 of the other candidates running in this ward. 

What are the issues you care about?

I am very concerned about youth migration, serious concerns around our major employers, especially Algoma (ie. industrial taxes), health issues of our residents (ie. the apparent opioid crisis), tariffs on steel and, of course, keeping property taxes low.

What strengths do you bring to the campaign/council?

I have been a public servant for over 40 years. I would continue to be a full time city councilor. I would be available to my constituents, by phone, email or in person, from early morning until late at night. I have the experience of several terms on council, and my track record clearly shows that I am conservative minded. My voting record has aimed towards keeping costs down, keeping taxes low, increasing revenue and increasing the tax base ). I am a firm believer that transparency, creating a positive environment for economic development and working well with my fellow councilors is a very important ingredient for success.

Corey Gardi

Bio

Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Corey is a graduate of St. Mary’s College and Algoma University. After graduating from Algoma U, Corey studied at Lakehead University and Nipissing University, earning degrees from both. Corey has worked for the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board since 2000 and is a Vice-Principal. Corey Gardi

Why are you running?

I am committed to the community and have been actively involved politically for many years.  I am now attempting to further my commitment and dedication to the community through City Council.

I think City Council has done some good work in recent years, and I will work hard to continue with many of these efforts.  Among them are their efforts to revitalize the downtown, to secure Provincial and Federal funding to improve infrastructure, and the strong work that occurred to develop and implement a Community Development Initiative.

I believe that the west end of the city has a lot to offer, but is sometimes overlooked.  I want to help ensure that this no longer occurs.

What are the issues you care about?

My priorities for Ward 5 include the effective and efficient delivery of municipal services to Ward 5, proper maintenance of our roads and infrastructure, ensuring that our property standards are maintained, and that our city has the resources to do so, forming and maintaining a strong relationship with the business community to help them flourish, and providing Ward 5 and the west end with responsible, reliable representation at city hall. My priorities for council include moving strategically towards a more knowledge based economy, fostering better relationships between Sault College, Algoma University and our business community, the development of further amenities so that visitors passing through the Sault stay longer, and continued revitalization of the downtown.

What strengths do you bring to the campaign/council?

I am ready to fight for Ward 5. I have a strong work ethic and the ability to build positive relationships, which would benefit both residents and businesses in the west end. My previous political experience gives me a true understanding of municipal politics. I’m committed to Sault Ste. Marie and advocating for Ward 5. My dedication to our city has been at the core of my professional and political activities for two decades.  I believe that our city deserves good representation.

Ozzie Grandinetti

Bio

I am a lifelong resident of Sault Ste. Marie and this ward. I work at Algoma Steel, own a small business and I have over five years experience as a City Councillor. My family consists of my wife, Cindy and my two sons, Kyle and Aaron.

Ozzie Grandinetti
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Why are you running?

I am running because I want to represent the residents in Ward 5 and support economic growth and job creation which will increase the tax base and the overall population. I am passionate about this City, I am a lifelong resident and I am now raising my family here.

What are the issues you care about?

  • Basic Services – I want to ensure that we get basic municipal services such as sidewalk and road repairs, improvements to ditches and snow removal. I will continue to ensure that we get our fair share of the City’s budget to provide basic services in Ward 5.
  •  Affordability – I will ensure that the residents can continue to afford to live and do business in our City. Taxes and other fees need to take into account the needs of our community and still be affordable to the residents.
  • Economy – I will continue support the existing industries and business and welcome new business developments in all sectors which includes the downtown and post secondary institutions.
  • Accountability – I will advocate on behalf of the residents of Ward 5. I will continue to make myself available to meet with Ward 5 residents to assist with their concerns.

What strengths do you bring to the campaign/council?

I have over five years experience being a City Councillor, I am familiar with many of the current issues facing our City and what is being addressed. I support keeping taxes and fees as low as possible while still providing basic services to the residents. I am committed to being accessible to the residents; I will continue to return calls and emails and will work hard to address the issues raised. I have the support of my wife, Cindy, who assists me in any way she can. I am passionate about the city and I am committed to making it a better place to live, work and learn; a City where businesses choose to invest and create jobs.

Matthew Scott

Bio

Matthew ScottBorn and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, a proud graduate of Bay View Public School, Korah Collegiate, and Algoma University (Bachelor of Business Administration). Currently employed as a Data Analyst at Sault Area Hospital and have been there since 2013. I also serve as Treasurer of the Sault Ste. Marie Museum. Resident of Ward 5 (formerly Ward 6) for 30 years and counting, still living in the ward with my wife, Marina, and dog, Stuart.

Why are you running?

Running for city council is something I’ve always wanted to do. I came really close four years ago, and I’m finally doing it now. I hate seeing people my age moving away, so whatever I can do or help to do to stop that I am willing to do. I’ve talked to a lot of friends and family about some of the issues. The key thing is that there is nothing to do here, no potential for jobs, nothing for young people, so they move down south. And then the friends that move say they would love to move back but it comes back to there being no jobs.

What are the issues you care about?

I think a lot of the problem is that we are stagnant. I want to carry on with new ideas, we are facing a lot of struggles right now, the economy is kind of down, with the tariffs – and I think there is a lot we could do to get the community involved and I am willing to go door to door and listen to everybody and really make sure that their voices are heard at City Hall.

What strengths do you bring to the campaign/council?

I was born and raised in Ward 5 (previously ward 6). I’ve lived there for 30 years. I am an analyst at the hospital so I think I can bring a unique perspective, I am a very numbers-oriented guy. I figure I can bring some unique ideas to council, I’ve seen it, I’ve lived in the area my whole life, I think it could be time for some fresh ideas.

Working at the hospital, we hear rumbling of things. I think a lot of the drug issue revolves around a lack of good paying jobs and things to do in the city. I am here for the people , I want to make sure the people in Ward 5 have a voice. I know in the past I may have called my councillors and they may not get back to me right away or at all. I want to be an attentive councillor and I want the people to know that they can lean on me.