Wednesday, January 20, 2016
In our series entitled "7", The Hamiltonian will provide all candidates who are registered to run in the Ward 7 by-election, equal access to The Hamiltonian to get their message out. As per our standing policies, The Hamiltonian will remain nuetral and will allow all an opportunity. Our series continues with Ward 7 candidate Bob Charters Enjoy our Q/A with Bob:
Why are you running for Ward 7 Councillor. What are you hoping to achieve by doing so?
I am passionate about the City of Hamilton our wonderful natural assets the escarpment, the parks the wooded areas, recreational trails, our waterfront and our prime location in the Golden Horshoe. I have worked to make it a better place. I have been involved in the Mountain community for (over 50 years) most of my life not just a portion of it. I now have chosen to run for Ward 7 Councillor because I like the job. I was a Councillor for Ward 6 from 1991 to 2000. I ask the voters of Ward 7 to put me to work for them. I enjoy helping people and have demonstrated a determination to make Hamilton better. I know what the job of Councillor involves, and I can be effective at working on the issues ahead of us. I have demonstrated that I am a forward thinng individual who can lead and work with others to get things done.
I would like to see our taxes kept under control, and not get higher. This can be done by additional assessment that come as a result of improved transit, increased housing in the downtown, and improved recreational facilities.
What do you think are the most pressing issues facing the Ward and facing the city as a whole. How would your contributions help to resolve these issues?
The City of Hamilton has an extremely bright future one that requires listening to people, making wise choices, and leading on issues that will help Hamilton to reach its vision and goals. The pressure on the City's budget as a result of infastructure maintenance, social housing, and transportation is enormous. This coupled with an global economy that is very unstable effects our economy almost daily.
GO - LRT - Bus - Taxi - Cars - Bikes and Pedestriaqns all will be addressed this term and residents of Ward 7 should be consulted and represented at discussions by an experienced spokesperson who has a good understanding of the issue so that their transportation needs are met.
Roads are in need of improvements as noticed as you travel around the area.
My plan for encouraging employment growth is to work with Economic staff in identifying opportunities to expand local businesses. Hamilton Mountain has special features tree lined streets, scenic vistas from the escarpment, trails and parks The most pressing issues facing the Ward are 1. road, sidewalk and sewer maintenance Improved Transit.
Better customer service for residents by the City. In the City as a whole we need good financial leadership, increased and improved social housing, and Waterfront development.
What is your current assessment of this installation of City council? Are you satisfied with their performance. What, if anything, might you add to council that would be unique or new?
I think Council is working well together and I believe each to be wanting the very best for Hamilton. I do believe there are issues making what they want happen.
How can people reach you to ask you about your position on matters or to otherwise engage with you?
I can be reached through my website. www.bobcharters.ca or 905-973-3810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or my campaign office at 662 Fennell Avenue East.
Tell us a little about yourself, on a personal note. Your hobbies, likes, dislikes, background etc. Anything that would have people get to know who you are on a more personal basis.
I truly enjoy seeing places and how they do things in other parts of the world. I am volunteer with Living Rock which works with street youth and Hamilton Waterfront Trust where I am Chairman of these 2 volunteer local organizations. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love the local restaurant movement in Hamilton and would like to see more like Jonny Blonde, State and Main, and Papa Leo’s in Ward 7.
Is there anything else you would like to add?