Toronto mayor, city councillor and TDSB trustee candidate listings

As the municipal election draws near, Signal Toronto brings you answers to a few questions we thought you might care about when researching potential candidates for the election. Find out why candidates are running, what issues are important to them, and the theme song for their election campaign (if any).

A few confusing things to note: the number associated with a ward is not the same number for the public school board, even when the boundaries are the exact same. The number for city councillor for Parkdale-High Park is Ward 4, and the TDSB trustee number is Ward 7. Best thing to do is find out the name of the ward in which you live, which is the same name as the provincial and federal electoral districts.

Finally, readers take note, these profiles have been provided by the candidates and the invitation to participate has been provided to all candidates. Signal Toronto cannot vouch for the accuracy of the content. If you believe a candidate has provided inaccurate information, please email editorial@signaltoronto.com.

Note to candidates: We reached out to every contact on the City’s election website with the questionnaire. If you would like to have your response included in the candidate listings, please email election@signaltoronto.com for instructions, including word-count requirements. Candidate profiles will be published as they are received (subject to editing).

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Individual councillor wards: 1 Etobicoke North, 2 Etobicoke Centre, 3 Etobicoke-Lakeshore, 4 Parkdale-High Park, 5 York South-Weston, 6 York Centre, 7 Humber River-Black Creek, 8 Eglinton-Lawrence, 9 Davenport, 10 Spadina-Fort York, 11 University-Rosedale, 12 Toronto-St. Paul’s, 13 Toronto Centre, 14 Toronto-Danfort, 15 Don Valley West, 16 Don Valley East, 17 Don Valley North, 18 Willowdale, 19 Beaches-East York, 20 Scarborough Southwest, 21 Scarborough Centre, 22 Scarborough-Agincourt, 23 Scarborough North24 Scarborough-Guildwood, 25 Scarborough-Rouge Park
Individual TDSB trustee wards (map of TDSB ward boundaries): 1 Etobicoke North, 2 Etobicoke Centre3 Etobicoke-Lakeshore, 4 York South-Weston, 5 York Centre, 6 Humber River-Black Creek, 7 Parkdale-High Park, 8 Eglinton-Lawrence/Toronto-St. Paul’s, 9 Davenport/Spadina-Fort York, 10 University-Rosedale/Toronto Centre, 11 Don Valley West, 12 Willowdale, 13 Don Valley North, 14 Don Valley East, 15 Toronto-Danforth, 16 Beaches-East York, 17 Scarborough Centre, 18 Scarborough Southwest, 19 Scarborough-Guildwood, 20 Scarborough-Agincourt, 21 Scarborough North, 22 Scarborough-Rouge Park


Mayoral Candidates

 

Sarah Climenhaga

Reason for running: To make sure Toronto is a place where people of any income level can have a high quality of life, and where people can move freely, safely, reliably and affordably using the transportation method of their choice.
Career previously: Non profit advocate for environmental sustainability and better urban transportation.
Accomplishment you are most proud of: Being part of the community that stopped harmful budget cuts.
Why voters should give you a chance: I am a strong communicator, I believe in collaboration and I have the vision a great leader needs. My intention is to make Toronto an equitable, affordable, safe, liveable city.
Theme song for your election campaign: n/a

Mike Gallay

Reason for running: To raise the floor on poverty while championing the arts, electoral reform, inclusivity, and innovation. As a plant-based individual, I hope to bring about many reforms to improve the lives of animals and humans alike. To bring diplomacy, vision, wit and wisdom to the guiding voice on city council.
Career previously: Writer, Filmmaker, Real Estate Investor
Most important election issue: Isn’t just one, but animal welfare, as it’s otherwise ignored.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Consistently taking dog for walks regardless of weather or schedule.
Why voters should give you a chance: Elevator pitches for candidates only go so far. I bring compassion, diplomacy and wisdom to innovative, pragmatic and creative solution-making.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Stories Don’t End” by Dawes

Nath Gautam

Reason for running: I have been running large corporations for many years and the city is best run as a corporate entity. In fact the mayor’s job description as the 1st line states that the mayor is the CEO of the city. I have been serving on boards for the last 15 years. I bring vision and global perspectives that Toronto badly needs.
Career previously: Vice President- Strategy, Research and Corporate Communications
Most important election issue: Bring economic vibrancy back to the City.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Recognized June Callwood Ontario’s Highest for volunteerism 2017, The Sovereign’s Medal, Canada’s highest for Volunteers 2018 and Canada’s Top 50 Board Diversity Professionals 2017.
Why voters should give you a chance: I bring professionalism and passion as recognized by Canada in the Awards given. This passion to lead our city burns like fire in my belly and I will put us back on track. Nath4mayor is the wisest thing you can do for yourself and your next generation.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “We Are the Champions” by Queen

Brian Graff

Reason for running: Voters deserve a choice on and hear new ideas. I feel the biggest source of our problems is high population growth since 1990 – the only way to prevent problems like congestion from worsening is for the federal and provincial governments to reduce immigration.
Career previously: Architecture, MBA and now working in real estate finance
Most important election issue: The need to cut the high population growth/immigration
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Standing up to developers.
Why voters should give you a chance: I oppose the mistakes made by Tory – the stupid King Pilot project, the Scarborough Subway, stop the sell-off of our Waterfront for condos we need a big waterfront Central Park
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Nova Heart” by Spoons

Saron Gebresellassi

Reason for running: I am running because I know that great organizing can defeat John Tory’s machinery and that ordinary people can accomplish this together. If there is any city that will elect a Mayor to advance an agenda for social, political and economic justice, it is this one.
Career previously: Human Rights Lawyer
Most important election issue: The housing crisis is the most pressing issue in this mayoral race.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Providing legal relief to survivors of the Toronto Terror Attack.
Why voters should give you a chance: I believe our city has lost its way but it is never beyond remedy or repair. I will not head to the Mayor’s Office alone. We are going there together and collectively, we will finally create a city that protects our most vulnerable communities. We all win when the most marginalized amongst us succeed.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Rose Garden” by Shad

Tofazzel Haque

Reason for running: To build a better Toronto where all Torontonians to be treated equally in terms of  new jobs, affordable housing and supply, comprehensive and smart TTC systems, a safer and secured road system, more parking and modern traffic system, more digital libraries, modern gym, park and recreational centres. To eradicate the syndication and corruption from the City by virtue of the strongest leadership.
Career previously: I am a practising lawyer of Toronto, ON.
Most important election issue: To protect and prevent the gun violence from the Community.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Obtained the lawyer licence under the Law Society of Ontario.
Why voters should give you a chance: I am a good standing lawyer of Ontario who believe in some effective and unique election manifesto to build a better Toronto by the innovative leadership.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Kris Langenfeld

Reason for running: Having attended Toronto Police Services Board meetings since Sammy Yatim [was shot and died], I’ve spent four years dealing face-to-face with John Tory, his lack of understanding of rights, needs, problems, and solutions, his inability to achieve more than talk. We need better, and I can’t expect someone else to do it.
Career previously: Driver, carpenter, accountant, financial software developer, business consultant, self-rep lawyer
Most important election issue: Integrity, leadership, accountability, fiscal transparency, roads, transit, housing, crime
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Superior court judgment that warrantless police searches of public unconstitutional
Why voters should give you a chance: Keesmaat helped Tory achieve nothing but talk for 4 years. Middle class needs competent representation. City needs existing infrastructure repaired and new infrastructure built, supporting well planned new housing construction.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Chai Kalevar

Reason for running: Mayor and others are too much focused on budgets without care for city’s Carbon budget. They do not have a Carbon budget either for their city operations or for their expensive, wasteful campaigns and are completely oblivious to the nuclear danger that lurks in an aging nuclear station.
Career previously: University teacher, engineer, consultant environmental activist and poet. Planetary patriot
Most important election issue: Pickering nuclear station
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Author of “Climate Change in the Nuclear Age”
Why voters should give you a chance:  I am an engineer and I will remove the STEM deficiency at the council. I have wide academic and environmental experience that many councillors have had no time for. Yes, me. Just one world, let us not blow it!
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Thomas O’Neill

Reason for running: I am tired of illogical and immoral decisions being the forefront of Toronto’s policies.
Career previously: Director of Animation, Media Teacher
Most important election issue: Addressing the gulf between the rich and the working poor.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: The birth of my son.
Why voters should give you a chance: A natural leader and problem solver with a vested interest in the future of Toronto, I have taken no campaign donations. My loyalty is to the voter alone.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Downpressor Man” by Peter Tosh

Knia Singh

Reason for running: I am running to bridge the gap between those who have and those who have not. I want our democracy to function with as much participation as possible. My goal is a major reduction in violence and an increase in prosperity. I want to be an inspiration to other Torontonians.
Career previously: Record label owner/operator, musician, community advocate, manager, promoter, mentor
Most important election issue: Increase in violence
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Becoming a licenced lawyer while fighting arbitrary detention and oppression
Why voters should give you a chance: I can relate to all classes of society. I have the city’s best interest at heart. I am an everyday hardworking person. I put humanity before politics. I represent Toronto.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “We Are Toronto” by Eddy The Dying Thief

John Tory

Reason for running: I’m proud of the work we’ve done over the last four years. We are rolling out a transit plan that works, keeping taxes low, making the city more livable than ever – all while working together with provincial and federal governments. There is still more to be done. I want to keep working to finish what we started.
Career previously: Business – but being Mayor has been my best job ever.
Most important election issue: Leadership, so Toronto can continue moving forward not backwards.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Making record investments in transit and housing while keeping taxes low.
Why voters should give you a chance: We’ve made a lot of progress in four years. I’ve given Toronto leadership that works. We’re getting things done. I want to keep getting things done for four more years.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

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City councillor candidates

City councillor Ward 1 Etobicoke North

 

Vincent Crisanti

Reasoning for running: To ensure that I continue to build on my successes, investing in infrastructure, enhancing TTC services, creating jobs, and committed to providing you at your door service.
Career Previously: Sales, marketing and real estate.
Most Important Election Issue: Community safety, jobs, and infrastructure investment.
Accomplishments you are most proud of in the last five years: 1. Council approval of the Woodbine Racetrack Casino Expansion which is the catalyst to attract development and create thousands of jobs. 2. City purchase of the Thistletown Multi Service Centre 3.  Investment in parks and community centres 4. First ever North Etobicoke Santa Parade
Why voters should give you a chance: I am the only experienced candidate on the ballot with more than 10 years serving as a city councillor and deputy mayor [one of three symbolic roles]. Now more than ever, leadership and experience matters. I have the skills to serve Etobicoke North.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Peter D’Gama

Reason for running: To make this a city for everyone and not just those with money and the financial elite. To ensure housing and transit are top priorities by instituting a rent freeze, building affordable housing, and ensuring we have free and accessible public transit.
Career previously: Warehousing, IT Help Desk, Legal Clerk, Real Estate.
Most important election issue: Housing affordability issue, particularly high rents.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: I am most proud of working  with community groups to get a Community Benefits Agreement for Woodbine Casino Expansion.
Why voters should give you a chance: I represent change and would implement bold ideas that are different from the corporate  agenda of low taxes and cutting services that the incumbents offer. My offer is to make Toronto an Affordable city by bring rents under control and rapid construction of affordable housing.
The theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Shirish Patel

Reason for running: Since last few years no representative in my ward ever addressed issues such as community safety, transit, facilities and opportunities for youth and seniors, improved infrastructure and most importantly better economic prospects and business friendly environment. Etobicoke North has been ignored since long time and need strong voice for the stronger communities.
Career previously: Property Management
Most important election issue: Community safety, infrastructure, higher fees for the city’s services and strong and stable economic environment.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: I have been involved and organizing various cultural event for the community at no cost since over last 10 years.
Why voters should give you a chance: I am humble, hardworking, seasoned, matured community focused individual and does not have any famous last names or supported by high profile politicians, however my objective and intention is genuine for the best interest of each and every resident of Ward 1 (Etobicoke North)
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Carol Royer

Reason for running:  I am running for city council because I believe I have what it takes to rebuild Etobicoke North to become a thriving community. 75 percent of residents in Ward 1 are visible minority and I identify with the majority and I’m able to fully represent their concerns at City Hall.
Career previously: I am an OPS employee.
Most important election issue: They are equally important, however affordable housing tops the list.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Community engagement and the spokesperson for Freedom For All People.
Why voters should give you a chance: I am the one who will ensure that government policies and programs are designed to benefit the majority and not the elite only.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

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City councillor Ward 2 Etobicoke Centre

 

Bill Boersma

Reason for running: Parents at St. Gregory’s school and myself have expressed concern regarding the cell tower at 128 Rathburn. Rd. When contacted, the Councilors, Mayor, MPP, and MP, chose to ignore our request for support. Now another cell tower is under construction at Kipling Rathburn corner which we are attempting to block.
Career previously: Oil industry, Commercial/Residential Real Estate, Worked on 4 continents.
Most important election issue: Safety of constituents and inclusion for all
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Stopped Cell tower activation  and mandated proper procedures be followed
Why voters should give you a chance: Etobicoke centre needs a full time advocate for its constituents. Incumbents are too focused on the city’s needs not our community.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Take A Chance On Me” by Abba

John Campbell

Reason for running: To be re-elected in order to continue my work serving Etobicoke Centre Career previously: Sales and marketing
Most important election issue: Most common concern is speeding cars
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Providing excellent service and communication to my residents
Why voters should give you a chance: I have a long list of accomplishments and I want to make the list longer. I take a balanced approach to city budgeting and investments.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba

Erica Kelly

Reason for running: Holydays/Fords have had a stranglehold on Etobicoke for decades. This isn’t only harmful to residents of Etobicoke, but for all Torontonians. I refuse to standby while Etobicoke politics are directed by conservatives unopposed while the demographics and realities of our community evolve. We need a progressive voice and option on the ballot.
Career previously: Medical Cannabis activist and clinic worker serving Southern Ontario
Most important election issue: Ever decreasing middle class and affordability must be addressed including transit/housing.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last 5 years: Gained over 10,300 votes in the provincial election, the greatest result in NDP history.
Why voters should give you a chance: While the province and current city councillors for this area ignore huge portions of our community, as the only female candidate, only under-40, and only progressive candidate we could finally provide some care and balance.
Theme song for your election campaign: “Waiting For The Great Leap Forward” by Billy Bragg

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City councillor Ward 3 Etobicoke–Lakeshore

 

Svitlana Burlakova

Reason for running: I feel the responsibility in what shape we will leave The City of Toronto to future generations. Therefore I look forward to working with residents on making our communities safe and prosperous. I stand for positive changes and new fresh faces in the Toronto City Hall which will create progress and prosperity.
Career previously: 9 years -municipal government Kiev, 24 years  – Finance field, 7 years -real estate
Most important election issue: Affordable housing, infrastructure.  City of Toronto is ranked the worst city in North America for commuting and one of the least affordable cities in the world. We have to change that.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Changed my career path, got second profession, helped people with housing needs.
Why voters should give you a chance: I am eager to offer my knowledge and skills to serve the residents of Etobicoke–Lakeshore. I am able to come up with collaborative solutions: As a Financial and Real Estate specialist with Master’s Degree education in Economics and experience in finance field, municipal government and understanding issues of housing supply and land development
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “We Are The Champions” by Queen

Michael Julihen

Reason for running: I have been writing to politicians, to all three levels of government, for twenty years. I have decided, instead of writing to them, to be there, present, part of the legislative process, and do what I preach.
Career previously: Screening officer at Toronto Pearson International Airport for two years
Most important election issue: Transit; platform edge doors : modernizing our subway system
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Getting involved in Government For The People; writing about issues
Why voters should give you a chance: I have an interest in Government For the People. I have demonstrated this through twenty years of writing to politicians. They are important issues that need to be resolved
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Hevenu Shalom Aleichem” performance by Jerusalem Academy flash mob for Taglit at Ben Gurion Airport

Amber Morley

Reason for running: Residents want change. We need leadership that is responsive to the needs and concerns of its citizens. Our community deserves more supports and services, bold vision and new ideas. Together, we will make progress on better, more accessible transit options for all residents, housing affordability, more community spaces and protections for our parks and waterfront.
Career previously: Constituency Assistant, Ward 4 Etobicoke-Centre
Most important election issue: Responsive government that stands up and shows up for residents.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Proud recipient of: The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Rotary Youth Impact Award – Under 25, and the Identify N’ Impact Dedication to Youth Advocacy Award.
Why voters should give you a chance: I am going to stand up and show up or residents in Etobicoke-Lakeshore from day 1. I will work to serve my community in the way it served me through supportive, transparent and inclusive leadership.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree

Peggy Moulder       

Reason for running:
 – Governance reform, and in particular the creation of legislated resident community boards to protect resident input into City decisions and policies
   –  good governance practices and efficient management of taxpayer money
Career previously: Toronto Realtor, property manager, United Nations employee, business administration
Most important election issue: Governance reform, and Legislated Resident Community Boards
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Executive of residents’ association and drafting legislation for Community Boards
Why voters should give you a chance: I am the best person for the job of City Councillor for Ward 3 in 2018, with both the ideas and determination to make positive changes for residents at Toronto City Hall.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Rise Up” by Parachute Club

 

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City councillor Ward 4 Parkdale-High Park

 

David Ginsberg

Reason for running: I’ve had enough of politics as usual. I want to bring the spirit of grassroots organizing, successfully run businesses, and community-led action to City Hall. I’m an experienced entrepreneur. I’ve started and run successful community groups. I know what it means to work together and get things done.
Career previously: Successful entrepreneur and restaurateur, owner of White Squirrel Coffee Shop.
Most important election issue: Building community in the face of a regressive Provincial government.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Founding and growing Parkdale Community Hockey League to 400 kids.
Why voters should give you a chance: As an entrepreneur and community organizer, I know how to get things done. I will be your responsive advocate, a consensus builder, and represent all voices in our new Ward.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: Everyday People” by Sly & the Family  Stone

Valerie Grdisa

Reason for running: Ward 4 residents need change with new solution-focused leadership to promote healthy and safe communities, keep our streets and transit moving, ensure affordable housing, bolster our local businesses, and protect our parks and preserve our heritage! As City Councillor, I commit to an evidence-informed, values-based, respectful, professional, and collaborative approach.   
Career previously: 30 years of public, private, not-for-profit and senior government experience.
Most important election issue: High quality municipal services and sustainable development for future generations.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Led provincial quality improvement program to improve outcomes for Ontarians.  
Why voters should give you a chance: I am a bold solution-focused leader with a proven track record leading innovative strategies to improve services and outcomes for Ontarians. Ward 4 residents – I am the change you need.  
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac

Mercy Okalowe

Reason for running: It’s the right time professionally, it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, and I believe I can bring something of value to City Hall by way of Ward 4.
Career previously: Investor relations specialist.
Most important election issue: Building trust in order to promote health and wellness.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Finding (and keeping) full-time employment.
Why voters should give you a chance: I’m the best chance this city (and country) has for turning things around and making good on our promises – keeping our land glorious and free.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Downtown” by Petula Clark

Gord Perks

Reason for running: Toronto is my home and my passion. Prior to entering public life I worked in the environmental movement. Most of that work had been on urban environmental issues. I helped establish composting, worked on Toronto’s Smog Plan, and established the Rocket Riders (now TTC Riders). Seeking public office seemed the next step to fighting for the City I believe we can be.
Career previously: Environmentalist.
Most important election issue: Finding the revenue to pay for the services (transit, housing, and childcare) we need to make Toronto liveable.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: TransformTO – our climate plan.
Why voters should give you a chance: I have a deep belief in Toronto and the possibilities we have here. We can be an affordable, sustainable and just City. Getting there is my life’s work.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Call It Democracy” by Bruce Cockburn


 

City councillor Ward 5 York South-Weston


City councillor Ward 6 York Centre

 

Maria Augimeri

Reason for running: Massive investment projects, and development pressures are imminent in the ward. We are building a new community centre and a full-service neighbourhood for our elderly. Without continued strong guidance to see them through, they may lose steam and these opportunities may be lost forever. Additionally the sale of Downsview Park and the Bombardier lands puts 1,000 acres of land square in the cross-hairs of developers. I am proud of my track record at pushing back on unwanted development and holding developers to account. Without that experience, they will run over our community with a steamroller.
Career previously: A school trustee, poet, academic and author.
Most important election issue: For Ward 6, development and traffic safety. City Wide, transit and housing affordability.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: New subway, new hospital, new community centre, saving William Baker park, new Business Improvement Area. No other community in Toronto can boast of such assets coming about in the last 5 years.
Why voters should give you a chance: Three words: My track record.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

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City councillor Ward 7 Humber River-Black Creek

 

Tiffany Ford

Reason for running: I’m proud to have lived in Ward 7 my whole life and both incumbents have been in office for most that time. We need bold new leadership that addresses urgent community needs and champions our assets. I made a lot of positive changes as TDSB trustee and I’ll do the same as councillor.
Career previously: TDSB trustee, community advocate, serial entrepreneur.
Most important election issue: Creating deeply affordable housing, including repairing community housing units
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: My work as trustee, including getting $40M more investment in schools
Why voters should give you a chance: I have deep knowledge of this community, a strong track record as an elected official, and I am polling well. I’m between our two incumbent councillors, so together we can win this race.

 

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City councillor Ward 8 Eglinton-Lawrence

 

Mike Colle

Reason for Running: Working over two decades as an MPP.  I understand the problems facing the Eglinton-Lawrence area and what possible solutions can be used to help it. With the new Ward 8 encompassing much of the Eglinton-Lawrence area, I can bring the experience and caring this ward needs to better protect our green zones, our schools, and our communities.
Career Previously: City of York Councillor, TTC Chair (1988-1994) Eglinton-Lawrence MPP.
Most Important Election Issue: Pausing development in the Yonge-Eglinton node to review infrastructure issues.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Saving the Columbus Centre from being developed into condos.
Why voters should give you a chance: I will always fight for our parks and green zones. We have very tight-knit communities in our ward that I will work to protect from outside developers and crime.  
Theme song for your campaign: “Volare” by Domenico Modugno

Darren Dunlop

Reason for running: I care, I have a plan, I am a doer, I want to make a real difference, I want to work with and for, the good people of Ward 8 and all of Toronto. I am different than the other candidates.
Career previously: Real estate sales representative and entrepreneur
Most important election issue: Transit needs to be built, improved service and maintained
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Founded Turkey Outreach Toronto. We give turkeys to less fortunate
Why voters should give you a chance: I so enjoy engaging with others to develop solutions to problems previously left unchecked sooner than later. You need a councillor of the people and I am that person.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond

Beth Levy

Reason for running: I am running because I love our City. Having lived in the ward for most of my life, I understand just how special a place it is to live, work, and raise a family. Across the Ward, I have heard that residents want a fresh, lively and pragmatic voice at City Hall who will fight for smarter development, safer streets, and supports for local businesses. I am that voice.
Career previously: I was trained in Urban Planning, served on the North York Committee of Adjustment, and managed case work for the local MP, I bring a wealth of knowledge and fresh ideas to the table.
Most important election issue: I think city infrastructure not keeping up with development, such as inadequate transit, is the top issue.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: I am most proud of serving the people of Eglinton-Lawrence working for the MP, helping the most vulnerable in our community reach their full potential by finding housing, employment and preserving pensions.
Why voters should give you a chance: My community experience as Chair of the Allenby Parents’ Association, having done constituency work here, and volunteering for Meals on Wheels, Jessie’s Centre for Teens, Out of the Cold and Sick Kid’s Hospital, means I have worked to make our streets safer, our neighbours healthier, our children more self-assured and our seniors more comfortable.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: My theme song is “One Girl Revolution” by Superchick

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City councillor, Ward 9 Davenport

 

Nahum Mann

Reason for running: I’m running because for too long our politicians have helped big corporations get wealthy, while it becomes harder and harder for everyday people to live here. 50 per cent of Torontonians are renters, yet none of our city councillors are. We need to stand up for the most vulnerable.
Career previously: Community coordinator
Most important election issue: Creating a better standard of living for residents of Toronto
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Founding and co-chairing Build a Better Bloor Dufferin
Why voters should give you a chance: Because I know first-hand the struggles of working people living in Toronto. I am not a career politician, I’m a working class person, a father, an educator, and an activist.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any:Fake Love” by Drake


 

City councillor, Ward 10 Spadina-Fort York

 

April Engelberg

Reason for running: I live, work and spend most of my time in this ward. It’s growing extremely quickly and city infrastructure needs to keep up. I am the only candidate advocating to extend the Relief Line west of University and create a stop on the Union Pearson Express at Liberty Village.
Career previously: I work as a litigation lawyer, previously was an entrepreneur.
Most important election issue (ten words max): Building the Relief Line west, and Liberty Village UPExpress stop.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Running for City Council with no political party or incumbent support.
Why voters should give you a chance: Before launching my platform, I stood on the street and asked voters for their input. I want to advocate for the residents of this ward.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Take A Chance On Me” by ABBA

Rick Myers

Reason for running: I’m grateful to have conquered cancer twice and wanted to give back to the my city by using common sense business solutions/experiences learned to help beat Toronto’s cancerous gridlock, increasing street violence and provide cost effective solutions for encroachment on green space. I will make affordable housing with 22nd century technology solutions. I will promote the use of flexible non fixed rail Electric Double Decker buses and embrace infrastructure improvement to meet existing and future demand.
Career previously: Entrepreneur, International Businessman, Professor, Ski Instructor and Coach
Most important election issue: Innovative solutions for Gridlock, Infrastructure, Housing, Daycare, Homelessness, Environment, Greenspace
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Beating 2 separate unrelated cancers, I am a fighter!
Why voters should give you a chance: Born in Toronto with proven business acumen for challenging the issues at hand. I have a vision, and a strategy to implement the required process to make Toronto a #1 World Class City
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

Karlene Nation

Reason for running: I am running to give residents stronger representation and a stronger voice at city hall. Residents’ concerns were not being addressed by the previous councillor.  I can do a better job representing our community. City hall must be more fiscally responsible in spending our monies.
Career previously: Reporter/Producer CTV News Toronto, Media Specialist, OneNation PR Inc.
Most important election issue: Important issues in Ward 10 include community safety; affordable housing; support for businesses
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: I am the first reporter appointed to the position of Diversity Producer in a Canadian newsroom.
Why voters should give you a chance: I will work hard to represent Ward 10 residents and get their issues on the agenda at city hall.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: One Nation Under A Groove” by Funkadelic.

Kerry-Ann Thomas

Reason for running: I’ve pursued change since a little girl in grade school and my life has been a journey to this moment. To be used as a voice for the people.
Career previously: Business and Political Consultant
Most important election issue: Housing, child care, jobs
Accomplishment you are most proud of: This! If you were to see inside my mind and heart you’d see a little girl who made it her duty to use her life to serve the people and that one day she’d have that platform. This moment has connected everything I have done in my life and affirms to me – that yes there is hope. Yes, I dared for Yes, I can. And I will therefore I am.
Why voters should give you a chance: My creativity and emotional intelligence is high level, coupled with experience and compassion. I see this ward and the people of Toronto as Global Citizens to whom are part of a global family. We need someone who is family to all, not to some.  It’s all for one, one for all. No one left behind!
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “I Believe the Children Are the Future” by Whitney Houston

Kevin Vuong

Reason for running: I want to listen, and get results for our downtown community. I will work to ensure our community is safe and liveable; where residents are engaged, local businesses are supported, and disadvantaged communities are provided with opportunities to thrive. My values are to listen, work hard, and deliver.
Career previously: Former TD Securities banker, U of T lecturer, social entrepreneur, military officer.
Most important election issue: A liveable downtown for everyone: affordable, better transit, and safe.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Founding #KingStreetEats to support the transit pilot and local businesses.
Why voters should give you a chance: I’m a hard-working professional that makes public service a priority. I’m not a career politician or ideologue. I’m here to serve by listening, acting, and getting results.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Started From the Bottom” by Drake

Andrei Zodian

Reason for running: Having had to reluctantly represent my neighbourhood at OMB, I became intimately acquainted with the demagogy, corruption and complete disregard some elected representatives and bureaucrats have for the people they are supposed to serve. I will introduce partial direct democracy (polling) for my Councillor decisions and then at City level.
Career previously: Lifeguard, Internet Consultant (20+yrs), UTSEC peer counselor, neighbourhood association founder
Most important election issue: democratic deficit resulted in infrastructure investment lag (traffic, gridlock, networking)
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Shifted subsidized housing planning from ghettoization to new buildings percentage.
Why voters should give you a chance: As a peer counselor I was trained to listen, and as president of my neighbourhood association I translated my neighbours’ concerns into policy changes.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “All Along the Watchtower” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Sabrina Zuniga

Reason for running: Toronto is a great place to live but a lot of people believe it can be run better, I’m one of them.  My leadership style has been and always will be collaborative which is something we need to see more at City Hall to get things done smarter and faster.
Career previously: Teacher, Researcher, Entrepreneur, Consultant, Mom, Wife
Most important election issue: I want to see Safer Streets and Communities for all.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Most proud of raising two kids and seeing them transition into young adults.
Why voters should give you a chance: People are looking for representatives that actually listen to constituents. I’ll bring this along with a level-headed approach to decision-making to make sure businesses and residents feel like Toronto works.
The theme song for your election campaign: “Beautiful U R” by Deborah Cox


City councillor, Ward 11 University-Rosedale

 

Marc Cormier

Reason for running: To implement evidence based policy for the citizens of Toronto, be an advocate for all Torontonians and to push for UNESCO World Heritage Status for Kensington Market under cultural criteria sections iv and v.
Career previously: Teacher (Science and Math, Grade 7 and 8) and former manager of a provincial online homework help system (2000 – 2018).
Most important election issue: Transit, housing and heritage.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Successfully managing a provincial online homework system and a team of 20 teachers that helped an average of 10 – 20,000 students per year.
Why voters should give you a chance: Evidence based policy is the only viable alternative to polarized politics tearing away at the fabric of our political landscape.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Yegelle Tezeta” by Mulatu Astatke

Mike Layton

Reason for running: Too many Torontonians are finding it difficult to find housing, access services they depend on, and find work. As density in the core increases, we need to make sure we have the infrastructure, services, and green spaces necessary to meet the needs of our new neighbours. We need to make sure that as we grow, our city is responding to the changing needs of people of all ages and at all stages of life.
Career previously: Environmental Organizer, Restaurant Manager
Most important election issue: Affordable housing; safe, complete streets; public transit improvements, public health
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Built parks, fought budget cuts, secured affordable housing
Why voters should give you a chance: I will continue working to protect the unique character of our neighbourhoods and ensuring we have the resources we need to meet these changing and challenging demands. I will continue to fight tirelessly for investments in poverty reduction, affordable housing, safer streets, and parks and recreation.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Nicki Ward

Reason for running: City Hall has become stagnant and failed to deliver on all fronts. They’ve failed to meet basic quality of life standards (Safety, Housing, Infrastructure, Transportation) That’s why I’m running: We deserve Better – We need Change – We need Action
Career previously: Private Sector (Financial) and City Social Agencies (e.g. The 519)
Most important election issue: Safety, Housing, Infrastructure, Transportation (For Everyone)
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: [Contributed to] OMB Reform, Social Reform, Police Accountability, LGBT Advocacy, The 519
Why voters should give you a chance: I’m a progressive with experience in both private sector and social agencies. I bring operational skills to the social issues we have to fix in Toronto. Endorsed by Proud Politics
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “The Times They Are A-Changin’” by Tracy Chapman (Originally by Bob Dylan)

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City councillor Ward 12 Toronto-St. Paul’s

 

Ian Lipton

Reason for running: I love this city. Yet no one is taking a stand to have Toronto be the most sustainable city in the world — socially, economically and environmentally.  Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Career previously: Business leader
Most important election issue: Bringing a transformational approach to the challenges we now face.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: As a single, widowed father, raising an awesome daughter.
Why voters should give you a chance: Someone needs to bring a new, positive, transformational approach to the issues we’re dealing with: housing shortages, mobility, safety, storm damage, polarization of society, aging population, our children’s future.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “The Living Years” by Mike + The Mechanics

Joe Mihevc

Reason for running: This community is my home, and it’s the area I have been privileged to represent since amalgamation. The next four years will be tough. The new council’s task will be to defend our city, to present a positive alternative vision, and to do the work to make it happen.
Career previously: Adjunct professor of theology and social ethics at U of T
Most important election issue: Ensuring that Toronto is livable and affordable for everyone
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Collaborating to develop next steps for the Poverty Reduction Strategy
Why voters should give you a chance: My idea of a city councillor is someone who gets good things done through collaboration, communication, and creativity. You can count on me to stay true to these community values.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “The Impression That I Get” by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

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City councillor Ward 13 Toronto Centre

 

Darren Abramson

Reason for running: Toronto has more wealth and poverty than ever. Mayoral candidate Kevin Clarke inspired me to help make Toronto good again. A Toronto where children can be raised with hope is a more prosperous Toronto. Together we can do this.
Career previously: Faculty Association President and Associate Professor, Dalhousie University
Most important election issue: Poverty, affordable housing, violence and homelessness must be solved together.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Helping my students achieve success and supporting labour fairness.
Why voters should give you a chance: I have proven success at finding hidden resources in complicated budgets. By solving the hardest problems facing those who live in Ward 13, we will help enrich all of Toronto.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any? “Here and Now” by Rose Vaughan and friends

Jon Callegher

Reason for running: To be a strong voice for the most vulnerable in Toronto and to bring transparency, accountability and change to City Hall. I love meeting new people and listening to their concerns and their dreams. I want to be a highly visible advocate for the community I love.  
Career previously: Prof at George Brown College – Downtown Campus
Most important election issue: Get the homeless into housing, rehab and eventually into work.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Enhancing the way the Skilled Trades are viewed across Canada.
Why voters should give you a chance: If voters want change at City Hall, then I’m the alternative to incumbents and career politicians. I’m a consensus-builder and I’ll be a strong voice for those who need one. I’m a good listener and consensus-builder.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” by Journey

Richard Forget

Reason for running: Tired of seeing homeless people, business shutting down, dangerous traffic in my ward, Toronto Centre. These sites have gotten worse in the last 10 years.  I know with my knowledge and legal experiences, I can change things for the better. I am running to better my community. My bilingualism (I am francophone) does bring diversity.
Career previously: I have been practicing law for the last 20 years plus.  I often represent disenfranchised groups, causes and, issues. I was very concerned with the daycare crisis and was involved in the daycare death case which was a tragedy.  
Most important election issue: Affordable housing, safe streets.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Choosing and remaining strictly vegan for various reasons.
Why voters should give you a chance: If voters feel that matters of concern to them have not gotten better, it is time to vote for intelligent change.  I want voters consider myself as an option if they want to see drastic changes in this community. Join us, you are not the only one wanting drastic change.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Imagine” by John Lennon

Tim Gordanier

Reason for running: Always had this need to help and bring some creative ideas I have to help make this city better.
Career previously: Founder and operate Toronto Key To The City with our team for the last 4 years.
Most important election issue: Accessibility For All, Small Business Support, Overall Street Safety
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Creating the Toronto Key and bringing it to Vancouver and Montreal.
Why voters should give you a chance: I’m a breath of fresh air with a lot of energy and drive. My creative abilities solve problems. I bring a positive outlook and infectious charisma that brings the best out in people, I’m told.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Gladys Larbie

Reason for running: I want to represent my community who helped me during times of need.
Career previously: Federal employee
Most important election issue: Safer communities.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Completing my post-secondary degree.
Why voters should give you a chance: Driven and hard work is instilled in me in order to get things done. The city is tired of the same and I will push for change.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “DJ Live Set @ Ultra Japan 2018” by Armin van Buuren

Barbara Lavoie 

Reason for running: I can no longer sit idly by and watch the City I love be destroyed by greed, despondency to the homeless/addiction crisis, unaffordable housing, congestion and sky rocketing crime rates!  It was once said that “evil occurs when good people do nothing”, so I’ve decided to do something.
Career previously: Landscape Developer and Marketing Entrepreneur, Adventure Capitalist
Most Important Election Issue: Homelessness and Affordable Housing, Transit Relief, Properly Enable Police Force
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Deciding to run for public office-City Council, pressing on.
Why voters should give you a chance:I want to reawaken the values Toronto cherished: Humanity, Selflessness and Community.  It is only when we envelop and apply these 3, that we will thrive again as a city.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Believe In You” by Amanda Marshall

George Smitherman

Reason for running: When Barbara Hall retired, she entrusted me to carry on her work in poverty reduction and continue her work re-developing Regent Park. If elected, I will work with anyone who will fight Ford’s anti-progressive agenda, champion a proactive approach to deeply affordable housing and fight to keep our kids safe.
Career previously: Small business owner
Most important election issue: Street safety, pre-teen and youth gang and gun activity, deeply affordable housing and poverty reduction.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: My work with Pam McConnell to re-develop Regent Park.   
Why voters should give you a chance: Given the privilege to serve Toronto Centre constituents again, I will work tirelessly to realize healthier and safer communities, deeply affordable housing, protect kids from guns and gangs, and engage seniors to reduce isolation.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley

Megann Willson

Reason for running:  To be a voice for more affordable and supportive housing, accessible transit, safer active transportation routes, and more responsive City government. We need to solve the housing crisis now, and not wait for someone to solve it for us. We need a city that works for everyone.
Career previously: Business strategist, community leader, advocate, and volunteer
Most important election issue: Fixing the entire housing cascade: market, affordable, supportive, and transitional.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Building strong relationships and being a voice for Regent Park.
Why voters should give you a chance: It’s time for change – incumbents have had time but haven’t solved the issues we are facing. It’s time for fear-mongering and finger-pointing to end. Let’s work together.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Rob Wolvin

Reason for running: I’m running in response to seemingly unfettered development in Toronto Centre. I believe that development should be required to serve the needs of the community in which it’s placed. I’m also concerned by the escalating polarization on Council. Councillors should be solution motivated, not ideologically.
Career previously: Background is Hospitality, a former Pub Owner, and currently, Film
Most important election issue: Affordable Housing, #1, that has many symptoms, Mental Health, etc.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Decided to become a candidate, seeking more community inspired development.
Why voters should give you a chance: I am offering to be representative of the concerns of my own community. I know what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet, to put all I had into a small business.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Feel” by Robbie Williams

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City councillor Ward 14 Toronto-Danforth

 

Dixon Chan

Reason for running: A long standing business store owner who wants to serve his community by bringing his entrepreneurial skills to City Hall. To serve with a strong and proven management style that listens, responds, follows up and works hard.
Career previously: Still running a small retail store called G&S DYE at Dundas and University area
Most important election issue: Affordability and housing.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: The longevity and connection to people in my work (customers and staff).
Why voters should give you a chance: My style is simple, pragmatic and transparent. I got here by taking care of the problems, servicing the customer and most importantly communicating. I am a strong policy person, really learning a system and providing data driven results.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Marisol D’Andrea

Reason for running: After bringing up issues about road safety and noise pollution, I was disappointed that these problems were not addressed. There is evidence of a lack of communication, action, and poor engagement between elected officials and the community. I am a long-term resident of this ward, and I want to Take Action.
Career previously: Project management, research, budgets, grant proposals, policy development, communications, presentations
b>Most important election issue: Crime, Road Safety, Traffic, Mental Health, Bicycle Paths, Transit, Housing, Environment
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Doctoral Degree, Published Works, Board Member (Fringe Festival), and Volunteering.
Why voters should give you a chance: Having lived in our ward for 20 years, I want to ensure that collectively our community is the best that it can be! I will make my community proud.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie

Mary Fragedakis

Reason for running: Over the last 8 years, I have worked with the local community to improve our parks, make neighbourhoods safer and beautify our public spaces. I am seeking to continue my work strengthening public transit; dealing with climate change and tackling our city’s poverty/affordability crisis.
Career previously: Owned and ran a business conferencing company.
Most important election issue: Climate change and Toronto’s affordability/poverty crisis.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Leading the campaign for the TTC’s new two-hour transfer policy.
Why voters should give you a chance: I have a great track record for getting things done.  This year secured an extra $3 million for the TTC budget to address overcrowding and $4 million for road safety.
Theme Song: “Proud Mary”

Lawrence Lychowyd

Reason for running:  It is obvious that change is necessary and the way to do that is not to elect incumbents in 23 of our 25 wards.  I want to be a voice for change and a fresh approach at City Hall. Without change nothing will change!
Career previously: I have run a successful law practice for 30 years.
Most important election issue: A new approach to persistent problems through new leadership.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years:  Having the courage to run for City Councillor against two incumbents!
Why voters should give you a chance: My career as a lawyer has allowed me to develop the skill to analyse, to listen, to question and to respond in a thoughtful measured manner.  The City needs that.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “My Way” by Paul Anka

Chris Marinakis

Reason for running:  I want to serve our city of Toronto. It’s time that more is done to make Toronto a better City in every aspect of its being. I will be dedicated to this mandate.  My skill set provides me with excellent tools to help get the job done at City Hall.
Career previously: Professional Engineer
Most important election issue: Finding a solution to traffic, crime. Transit, infrastructure, prudent spending
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Helping to raise two good children, help others when possible
Why voters should give you a chance: The people that know me, know the person that I am, Integrity, Vision, Perseverance.  The people that do not know me, please contact me to learn about me, Chris Marinakis.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor

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City councillor Ward 15 Don Valley West

 


City councillor Ward 16 Don Valley East

 

Aria Alavi

Reason for running: A lot of issues in Ward 16 need immediate attentions and I am ready to address each issue in the City Council immediately.
Career previously: Paralegal (self-employed).
Most important election issue:  Affordable housing
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Worked in the legal field.
Why voters should give you a chance: Because I know solutions to ward 16 issues and I am proposing Two term limits for Councillors.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Dimitre Popov

Reason for running: Politicians’ ignorance of the issues I have urged them to deal with and my ability to be one of the best representatives of ordinary people who are often treated by politicians as second-class citizens.
Career previously: Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit, non-partisan organization Canadians for Integrity
Most important election issue: Unaffordability to live in Toronto, gross abuse of taxpayers’ money.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: My fight in the Federal Court for ordinary people…  
Why voters should give you a chance: My track record demonstrates that I am a person with integrity, incorruptible, truly concerned for the rights of the ordinary people, independent and responsible.  I offer practical and reasonable solutions.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

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City councillor Ward 17 Don Valley North

Ian Hanecak

Reason for running: My goal is to serve my neighbours and the residents of Don Valley North, while making Toronto a beautiful, affordable and safe place to live and work. Part of what makes our country so special is that we all have the power to change it. Seeing the direction Council has gone these last few years, I knew I had to do more. Together we can make life in Don Valley North and Toronto better.
Career previously: Local Business Owner, Community Leader, Volunteer.
Most important election issue: Term limits for Councillors, Subways, Affordable Housing & Seniors Support
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Building a local business that promotes participation in local initiatives, North York-based partnerships and collaboration, and grassroots community engagement.
Why voters should give you a chance: Gratitude, hard work and public service are among my strongest values, so City Council is not a career choice for me. Rather, it is a means of serving my community and working with my neighbours and fellow Councillors to create a better life for our children and theirs.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Knocking At The Door” by Arkells

Ken Lister

Reason for running: Being City Councillor shouldn’t be a consolation prize. We need to build new subways, support safe communities, keep property taxes low and keep marijuana stores away from our schools. I will use my experience as School Trustee and Budget Chair at the TDSB to bring change to City Hall.
Career previously: TDSB School Trustee, Elementary Teacher, Financial Analyst for Ontario Government
Most important election issue: Build the Relief Line Subway, Expand Sheppard Subway West & East.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Eliminated TDSB Structural Deficit, Father to two children.
Why voters should give you a chance: It’s Time For Change. I’m the only candidate offering Change who has experience directly related to being a successful Councillor. We don’t need politicians left leaning or right at City Council for two decades.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “The Man” by The Killers

Erin O’Connor

Reason for Running: Transit is stuck in the 1970s. We need to expand it immediately with dedicated bus lanes (BRT) and LRT all over the city. We need to build the Downtown Relief Line and bring it up to Don Mills Station.
Career Previously: I have been a Wi-Fi Test Engineer for the past ten years.
Most important election issue: Transit expansion: BRTs and LRTs now.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years:  Fought through infertility and successfully grew my family through the wonder of embryo donation.
Why voters should give you a chance:  We can do a much better job of taking care of each other than we do now. I want to bring a truly progressive voice to City Hall from North York.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: Glee Season 1 Soundtrack

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City councillor Ward 18 Willowdale

 

Farah Aslani

Reason for running: Women make 52% of the population but they are underrepresented at all levels of government in Canada. This suggests our public policies can’t reflect women’s concerns adequately and our political systems cannot be considered just, equitable and healthy. I am a woman with conviction to serve and qualifications that not many candidates may have.  
Career previously: Urban planner, policy and program advisor, and research analyst.
Most important election issue: Housing, transportation, poverty, infrastructure, safety, property tax, fiscal deficit.
Why voters should give you a chance: Because I want to serve and contribute to the well-being of the city I call home and I will work toward an affordable, inclusive, well-connected, healthy, and happy city.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Being involved in climate change advocacy, and cancer prevention research.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Change” by Paul Popowich

Lily Cheng

Reason for running: The first seed was planted by John Filion who asked me over a year ago.  Then, after the Toronto Van Attack, I spoke at the Toronto Vigil about letting this be a defining moment for us. I realized in that moment, it was a defining moment for me. I’ve been serving our community for many years and feel this is an opportunity to do even greater things to strengthen Willowdale as a City Councilor.
Career previously: Director of Community Engagement, The Peoples Church; Founder of North York Moms
Most important election issue: Traffic, Safety, Development, Infrastructure, Transit and Re-Imagine Yonge.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Building a dynamic community for 8000 women to connect.
Why voters should give you a chance: I have a vision of Building a Connected Community for Willowdale that would allow us to know our neighbours, increase safety, make more informed decisions and be responsive to challenges.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Firework” by Katy Perry

Andrew Herbst

Reason for running: To stop major overruns and delays in major infrastructure projects.  The Spadina-York Subway Extension and Union Station Revitalization projects were both hundreds of millions of dollars over budget and one year and three years late in completion.
Career previously: 30+ years in major projects (engineering and construction).
Most important election issue: Transportation projects
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: research on project engineering management in PhD program at UofA.
Why voters should give you a chance: I am able to organize and motivate large and diverse teams of people to get complex things done and done right.  I can improve the Council itself.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Albert Kim

Reason For Running:  I live in ward 18, Willowdale and decided to run because I wanted to make a difference in our community. A proud Willowdale resident for 8 years, Ivey Business School MBA graduate, I have more than a decade of service to our community as a Rotarian, and am a former naval reservist at HMCS York. Willowdale needs new leadership at City Hall with bright, fresh ideas and a commitment to service if we are to address our community’s challenges by creative, inclusive solutions to make it a better place to live! Make Willowdale better!
Most Important Election Issue: Transparency at City Hall.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: I never thought I could do anything in the public’s eyes and yet I am capable of doing things.
Why voters should give you a chance: I am eager to serve the community and to see what legacy issues stand. Talking with our constituents, there are many maintenance issues that need fixing like sidewalks. A simple thing as sidewalks has  caused so much problems and headaches. I can fix this and many others. Vote Albert Kim!
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” by Journey

Hamid Shakeri

Reason for running: I am concerned about the future of this city that is mainly run by career politicians. I am concerned about the issue of affordability of the city particularly for the next generation, including my own children. City officials selling the existing infrastructure that belongs to the citizens to developers without mandating them to invest on infrastructure.The city moves towards turning into a place just to work hard and afford a place only to sleep!
Career previously: Materials engineering professional, research scientist, university professor, teacher, professional language interpreter
Most important election issue: Affordability, congestion, sustainable-responsible development, eradicating poverty, affordable housing, phasing out violence, proactive city hall, ending loneliness
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Two exemplary children,  many students turning professionals, fully satisfied clients, my honest friends
Why voters should give you a chance: Voters have a choice to vote again for career politicians who are affiliated with corrupt, close-minded (flirting with extreme intolerance), and / or confused parties or vote for someone who is a concerned father and neighbour with relevant professional background whose goal is to take politics out of day to day life of ordinary citizens. Of course voters must avoid voting for undisclosed lawyers, those who are in this election only to please big developers, and those who are after a self-serving never-ending political career!
Theme song for your election campaign, if any (song title and artist): n/a

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City councillor Ward 19 Beaches-East York

 

David Del Grande

Reason for running: Frustration with how the City makes decisions, a love of my neighbourhood and City, and optimism that I can lead positive change for the better. As a city, we’re letting too many residents fall behind, as we lack the political courage to fund and implement the needed change.
Career previously: product manager at a bank
Most important election issue: transit – subways, streetcars, buses
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years:  serving on my local community association [DECA]
Why voters should give you a chance:  I’m passionate to help those in my community, and across Toronto thrive, by enacting positive progressive policy and through community building.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any:  Baby Shark

Matthew Kellway

Reason for running:  I am running so all of us who live in Ward 19 have a claim on participating in the creation of the neighbourhoods where we live. We need a Councillor that encourages engagement and ensures that, included in our politics, are the voices and needs of everyone who calls this place home.
Career previously: Volunteer, environmentalist, Member of Parliament, community advocate & coach.
Most important election issue: Keeping our neighbourhoods affordable, accessible and sustainable for everyone.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Authoring the Federal Party’s urban agenda as Urban Affairs Critic
Why voters should give you a chance: I have a deep commitment to our neighbourhoods, and the understanding, passion and experience to move things forward. I’m ready to stand up for Toronto, and for you.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any:  n/a

Donald Lamoreux

Reason for running: I am running for city council because the previous councils have been unable to deal with the serious issues that affect the city such as the lack of affordable housing and the gridlock that paralyzes our city.
Career previously: I have worked for 25 years as an English teacher.
Most important election issue: The most important issue is the high cost of rent.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: The Child Performer Protection Act as part of ACTRA.
Why voters should give you a chance: I will levy a special tax on vacant residential and commercial properties. This will free up the tens of thousands of vacant units and lower the rents.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Brenda MacDonald

Reason for running:I chose to run for Ward 19 for constituents; to lend a voice to all who may not share my own beliefs but have the right to a fair and unbiased representation in City Hall. I run to represent those who are most in need and at risk in our community.
Career previously: 25 years in school communities as an educator (music/special education) and in building facilities.  
Most important election issue: Shortfalls in transit/transportation and more ‘reasonable’ affordable housing options.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Advocating and deposing for the community on inappropriate Development in Ward 19.
Why voters should give you a chance: I am non-partisan, not a member of any neighbourhood groups or associations. I also do not work for the City of Toronto in any capacity or department either as a planner or developer, or otherwise.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “And You And I” by Yes

Frank Marra

Reason for running: Have long felt Ward representation was poor and unfocused; I feel my commitment to serving the community can make a difference to all residents and not a select few as I don’t discriminate, from the minor to the momentous. I’m open to representing everyone in our Ward.
Career previously: Financial analysis/consulting in the real estate development and management field
Most important election issue: Transportation, planning/development and community safety and support programs
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: My interest in serving has grown rather than lessened in this time
Why voters should give you a chance: Because I would bring fresh thinking and energy to tackle and solve community matters of greatest impact such as TTC services, development and safety with residents more in mind
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Rock You Like A Hurricane” by Scorpions

Morley Rosenberg

Reason for running: I believe I can make a difference as city councillor. I have a proven track record of strong leadership and effective problem-solving. I am committed to addressing the urgent issues for Torontonians. I know the importance of listening and understand the value of meaningful consultation with all sides.  
Career previously: Mayor of Kitchener 6 years, City Councillor 9 years, OMB 20 years
Most important election issue: Lack of affordable housing, transportation and crime prevention.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Free consulting for residents in the ward for development projects.
Why voters should give you a chance: I believe I am the most qualified and experienced candidate running for city councillor in Ward 19. With 35 years experience I know how to get things done for the residents and the city.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Young at Heart” by Frank Sinatra

Adam Smith

Reason for running:  Adam Smith has been deeply involved in community issues for years now, volunteering and advocating for many causes and organizations.  His passion for community work and the resulting knowledge of his ward are what drive him to run for councillor.
Career previously:  Working as a senior digital compositor in film and television.
Most important election issue:  Fixing the poorly designed Woodbine Cycle Track.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years:  Getting the Beach Community Edible Garden up and running.
Why voters should give you a chance:  Adam knows his way around city hall, has intimate knowledge of his ward, and has a highly environmental and progressive perspective to bring us into a sustainable future.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any:  n/a

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City councillor Ward 20 Scarborough Southwest

 

Gerard Arbour

Reason For Running: There is a lack of commitment, vision, and strong voice for Scarborough with the two incumbent councillors in Ward 20. Whether the fact that Mr. Crawford lives well outside of the ward, or Ms. Holland’s high absentee rate for Council Votes, it is time for change.
Career Previously: Chiropractor on Kingston Road for 25 years, leader in profession
Most Important Election Issue:  Strong voiced, engaged, considerate resident councillor needed for Ward 20
Accomplishment Most Proud of in last five years:  Successful petition for a dedicated Kingston Road TTC Bus Route
Why Voters Should give a chance: Decades of community engagement across broad spectrum, effective communication and business promotion through Bluffs To Facebook Page, and practical experience running a business for over 25 years. Passion. Commitment. Scarborough Proud.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straits

Paulina Corpuz

Reason for running: To make a difference, a change that matters. Aside from the key issues on housing and transit,  I will strongly advocate and support policies and initiatives that will help reduce poverty, improve safety of our neighborhoods and well-being of residents. I will work with you and for you for an improved city —revitalized, vibrant, healthy, safe, prosperous, accessible and affordable.
Career previously: Business analyst: change management professional
Most important election issue: Poverty (including housing, transit, community safety and more services)
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Organized diverse workers and strongly advocated for Bill 148
Why voters should give you a chance: I bring the voices, stories and perspective of a mother, woman of colour, and social justice advocate. I add value to city council because of my life and work experiences.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “The Impossible Dream” by Frank Sinatra

John Letonja

Reason for running: I like to make changes to city hall and get all the communities involved as one voice. It should not be up to 25 councilors that will be elected at city hall for major agenda decisions. Plus stop discrimination – treat everyone fair and make better living standards for everyone  
Career previously: Work for Purolator, TTC as a bus driver, and inventor
Most important election issue: Wasteful spending, taxes, discrimination, have referendums, better living in communities
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Helped people and gave them ideas on better living
Why voters should give you a chance: I am for the people with the people to have a change in our life for the better to get more for your tax dollars and treat people fairly
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: Working Man” by Rush

Curtis Smith

Reason for running: I feel that our city council (as currently composed) is dysfunctional and requires councillors with real experience in leadership, management, advocacy and negotiation to guide the city and our Ward to a more affluent future.
Career previously: Senior officer – Canadian Forces, lawyer
Most important election issue: Public safety – umbrella issue includes transit, development, poverty reduction, etc.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Establishment of Military Family Medical Centre in Kingston
Why voters should give you a chance: I have the professional skills, knowledge and drive to serve the residents of our Ward in a new city council. It is time to make a change for the better.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Takin’ Care of Business” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive

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City councillor Ward 21 Scarborough Centre

 


City councillor Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt

 

Jude Coutinho

Reason for running: I find people have lost hope. I want to share the hope, I have since I started believing in Lord Jesus and teachings of the Catholic Church. It is something you must experience. For me, it started by reading the Holy Bible and daily recitation of Holy Rosary, It stirred up my soul to know that God loves me so much that he sent his only Son (Lord Jesus) to pay the price for my sins. He raised me up from a defeated miserable sinner to an adopted child of God.
Career previously: Catechist Roman Catholic Church teaching new converts who want to join the Catholic Church and also Confirmation Candidates.
Most important election issue: Give people faith, hope, love and Lord Jesus will take care of us.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: All I had to do was to receive God’s love which was flowing so freely for me.
Why voters should give you a chance: Focus on God’s promise not on your problems for example : Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy. The promise here is by being merciful to others, God will be merciful to me a sinner.
The Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “He Knows My Name” by Tommy Walker

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City councillor Ward 23 Scarborough North

 

Anthony Internicola

Reason for running: Active councillors/incumbents, do not listen to the people’s vision, yes the taxpayers. My reason for running for city councillor is: I am going to bring strong leadership, I do listen and I am going to be committed! I believe in the power of the people, your vision, your voice
Career previously: Entrepreneur, selling educational toys and also succeeding with business deals.
Most important election issue: Public safety, subways, infrastructure/housing, seniors, bicycle Lane, and more.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Helping private outreach programs, assisting man and woman with mental health!
Why voters should give you a chance: As your councillor of Scarborough North, you can easily express your vision to address your concern within our community, you can easily voice your message. I am ready to listen!
Theme song for your election campaign: “Hold On To The Vision Orig ’85” By Frank Harris

Mahboob Mian

Reason for running: Brighter and safer future for Scarborough community.
Career Previously: Environmental scientist and social worker.
Most important election issue: Improve law and order situation in Toronto, particularly relating to gun violence
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Running free medical camps and child education in rural areas.
Why voter should give you a chance: I am committed and dedicated to hearing and serving the concerns of my diverse community in hopes of reducing problems and bringing greater happiness and peace.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

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City councillor Ward 24 Scarborough-Guildwood

 

Michelle Spencer

Reason for running: Our current city council fails to represent the diversity of our city. I firmly believe that the people we choose to represent us should understand the lived experience of the majority they are chosen to serve. In our ward, almost 40% of children live at, or below, the poverty line. I find this to be unacceptable.
Career previously: I have worked in family law, educated in criminology and psychology, and worked with youth.
Most important election issue: Affordable housing, transportation, infrastructure, economic growth and development, un(der)employment, environment.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Co-founding the Toronto Masqueraders Association, working with the city to better Toronto’s Caribbean carnival.
Why voters should give you a chance: I have the dedication and drive to serve the people in my community. I have the shared lived experience of so many in my ward. Representation matters.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Lean On Me” by Club Nouveau (originally sung by Bill Withers)

Emery Warner

Reason for running: I want to make a difference! I want to fuel the next generation of equality, inclusion and compassion for all! Under the last 12 years of Paul Ainslie, Ward 24 has become one of the most disenfranchised areas of the city. With or without me, this area is in need of some fundamental changes.
Career previously:  I am currently the director of community services for a medium-large Ontario Government Transfer Payment Agency.
Most important election issue: Affordability, community safety, transit, housing, employment opportunities, youth, infrastructure.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years:  Career: being in a position to support thousands of people every year. Personal: losing 100lbs and quitting that filthy habit of smoking!!!
Why voters should give you a chance: In the last election, 37 of 38 incumbents were re-elected. 70% were men and only 14% were minorities. For a city that prides itself on diversity, our representatives don’t accurately represent the population. Electing the same people will generate the same ideas that will render the same results.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Nonstop” by Drake

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City councillor Ward 25 Scarborough-Rouge Park

 

Jennifer McKelvie

Reason for running:  I want to see a Scarborough-specific strategic plan so that we can create more opportunities for Scarborough residents to work close to home.
Career previously: Environmental geoscientist
Most important election issue:  Scarborough Transit
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Serving as first President of Renew Scarborough
Why voters should give you a chance:  I’m a dedicated community volunteer with professional experience in infrastructure planning and public engagement. I want to work for you at Toronto City Hall.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer

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TDSB trustee candidates

TDSB Trustee Ward 1 Etobicoke North

 

Pat Brar

Reason for running: I am a parent with 2 children in public school and I understand the challenges of parents and students. I am experienced and committed to our children and their education.
Career previously: I have an engineering and social services background.
Most important election issue: Quality public school education from learning environments to programming.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: My work helping individuals with mental health, addictions and homelessness
Why voters should give you a chance: I have the skills and experience needed to be Trustee. I have worked and currently volunteer at TDSB. I am hard working, accountable, efficient, and dedicated.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Millicent Quist

Reason for running: To allow the voices of the children to be heard and for parents to be understood. We want somebody that can represent the needs of the families that reside within the community and have all the necessary information accessible. I want families to feel secure that their new trustee will follow up with all expectations and responsibilities.
Career previously: Secretary for a driving school, chef, Early Childhood Education.
Most important  election issue: Able to attend parent council meetings, also to be able to meet with parents one on one and to attend all functions
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: A brand new track field at a school, healthy hot lunch program prepared in the school, help establish the french program in some of the schools.
Why voters should give you a chance: I am the right candidate, I have been in and around the school board system also I know what is good for my children including yours. I will fight  to make sure your children’s needs are being met in every school. I am a woman of my word and I believe in getting action, for action speaks louder than words.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any:This Train is Bound For Glory” by Johnny Cash

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TDSB Trustee Ward 2 Etobicoke Centre

 

Paul Lewis

Reason for running: I am running for the students of Ward 2. I want to ensure that they have the best educational experience possible. There are many issues facing the students including class sizes, school safety, classroom resources, EQAO testing, and music and sports in the school.
Career previously: I am an acupuncturist and osteopath and run a small business in Ward 2.
Most important election issue: I believe the most important issue in Ward 2 is fiscal responsibility and school resources.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: The accomplishment I am most proud of over the last five years is helping people recover from illness or injury in order to lead better lives.
Why voters should give you a chance: If elected, I will ensure that someone is there for the students of Ward 2. As a voting member of Rosethorn Junior School Parent Council for 5 years, I consistently voted with the best interests of the students in mind. I want to extend this to all the students of Ward 2.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

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TDSB Trustee Ward 3 Etobicoke-Lakeshore

 

David Kalbfleisch

Reason for running: Ensure funding for school repairs and special education is a priority.
Carrier previously: Director of Finance
Most important election issue: School repairs
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Improving medication delivery to hospitals and saving hospitals’ money
Why voters should give you a chance: Professional accountant who has experience helping public institutions improve service and save money. I am a parent of two children with special needs and the son/grandson/brother of teachers.
Theme song for your election campaign: Don’t Stop Believin’ ” by Journey

Aziza Mohammed

Reason for running: Etobicoke-Lakeshore is my home. I have lived here almost my whole life. I care about this place. I’m also the only candidate with experience in government and the training on how to actually develop and implement policy. I know that I would be an effective advocate for this neighbourhood. I believe I can build bridges between parents, teachers, and the broader community.
Career previously: I have dedicated my career to empowering youth and communities.
Most important election issue: Electing officials with the skills and education to represent communities.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: I have helped projects around the world to help children stay in school.
Why voters should give you a chance: I’m the only candidate who grew up here with experience in government and a Master’s in Public Policy. I have the skills, experience and heart to work for our community.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: Something Big” by Shawn Mendes

Patrick Nunziata

Reason for running:I am running because I wish to see our education system preparing youth to thrive in the real world. I would like to promote strong mentorship programs and job placement opportunities for students. As a visual artist, I would like to promote creativity & exciting learning paradigms.
Career previously:Visual artist and designer, active in set design and Toronto’s film industry.
Most important election issue:Investing in maintenance and construction of new public school spaces.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years:Continuing my work as an independent visual artist. Collaborating with Levis Strauss.
Why voters should give you a chance:I am a visual artist who can promote creativity, I am the youngest candidate on the ballot and can relate to both parents and students. I am a permittee with IATSE 873 and have an understanding of labor relations. Finally I am passionate & empathetic towards the success of young people.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Rosanna” by Toto

Felicia Seto-Lau

Reason for running: Wish to bring a parental- and strong community-based voice to the Board fighting for our students’ needs including my own children. Keeping the school board free of those seeking only political gain.
Career previously: Engineering Project Manager in the manufacturing industry
Most important election issue: Students First (#ParentsNotPoliticians).
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Led PIAC Appreciation Event (300+ parents Toronto-wide) sharing ideas / collaborating.
Why voters should give you a chance: Our school community should have a parent who is keenly invested in the school system representing them and not the vested interests of politicians.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys

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TDSB Trustee Ward 4 Humber River-Black Creek 

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TDSB Trustee Ward 5 York Centre

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TDSB Trustee Ward 6 York South-Weston

 

Hugo-Vladimir Vallecilla

Reason for running: We need a mentorship network for all students K-12, clear partnerships with college, university, and skilled trades. We need more mental health staff and training for educators. We need improved supports for special education, Ontario 1-54 children are along the autism Spectrum. We need to fix and repair the schools.
Career previously: TDSB Focus on Youth Coordinator, Equity Advisor
Most important election issue: Establishing Anti-Violence/Anti-Bullying programs in all 26 Ward 6 Schools
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Justice League team raising 85K+ for Camp Ooch Children’s Cancer Camp
Why voters should give you a chance: I worked for the TDSB for 8 years supporting children, youth, parents, and community within various roles. Current Administrate College Leader in Toronto. I have extensive experience in education.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: I Can” by Nas

Chris Tonks

Reason for running: I am running because the education system must be doing everything possible to ensure children are getting the resources they need to succeed so that they can become confident socially conscious members of society, which in turn, will help build safe, prosperous, and inclusive communities.
Career previously: My career has been that of a lawyer
Most important election issue: Improving student achievement, particularly in the early years
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years:  Securing funding to rebuild Dennis Avenue Community School
Why voters should give you a chance: I know how to secure results for the community and hold the TDSB accountable to ensure that schools needs are being met.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: Pride” by U2

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TDSB Trustee Ward 7 Parkdale-High Park

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TDSB Trustee Ward 8 Eglinton-Lawrence/Toronto-St. Paul’s

 

Kaydeen Bankasingh

Reason for running: I have children in the public school system, one a recent graduate and the other in grade 2. I want to improve how families gain access to schools through policies that affect them, the information they receive and how they inform critical decisions.Schools are valuable assets to our communities.
Career previously: Community organizer, facilitator and partner in collaborative community development projects
Most important election issue: Current curriculum reforms, community use of school policies and repairs
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: My daughter receiving 5 high school graduation academic awards
Why voters should give you a chance: Give me a chance to show that I am committed to our children’s success now and for the future and understand the real experiences of families navigating the public school system
Theme song for your election campaign, if any): “Silent Drive” by Dry & Heavy

Thomas Gallezot

Reason for running: I am running because I love our public schools. I can’t understand why incumbent Trustees aren’t doing a better job driving an education system that has so many obvious assets. If elected I will speak truth to power and won’t let ideologies or partisan strategies get in my way.
Career previously: Former engineer and patent attorney, project manager, community leader.
Most important election issue: Fixing our schools. Giving our kids a 21st century education.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: My newborn daughter Amélie. By far!
Why voters should give you a chance: I am a principled and audacious candidate who won’t use his Trustee position as a stepping stone for a political career. A Masters of Public Service candidate, I love policies, not politics.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Thomas The Tank Engine Theme”

Shelley Laskin

Reason for running: I love having the opportunity to speak with people and work to craft solutions to the challenges we are all facing in the public education system. That’s what I’ve done as a trustee, and that’s what I want to continue to do. Experience matters now more than ever.
Career previously: Incumbent school trustee – senior advisor in the OPS – cartographer
Most important election issue: Predictable, sustainable funding for school repairs and to address intensification
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Capital funding for the rebuilding of Davisville/Spectrum & Hodgson addition
Why voters should give you a chance: The issues we face as a school board are not simple and experience matters in understanding the complexity at the board and how decisions affect students, their families and communities.
Theme song for your election campaign: “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

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TDSB Trustee Ward 9 Davenport/Spadina-Fort York

 

Andre E. Papadimitriou

Reason for running: Our students, parents/guardians, teachers and community need a strong trustee like me – that knows the issues and has the energy, empathy and ability to lead. My 25 years of experience as a community-centered professional provides me with the insight to know how to get this job done right!
Career previously: Project manager, teacher, consultant, program analyst, project evaluator.  And years of volunteering!
Most important election issue: Mental health. Our students have asked for this needs-based issue to be integrated into more programs and services.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years:  PhD program, adopting a child, saving a life, receiving the Alex Trebek and Dr. Truda Rosenberg Awards for Community-based Excellence.  
Why voters should give you a chance: I am highly accomplished, progressive and grounded. I value listening to your concerns, taking action and finding collaborative solutions that benefit the wellbeing of students, teachers and parents.  I am an inspirational role model.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap

Connor Pierce

Reason for running: As a former executive and professional project manager, successful business owner, published author, and proud parent of two children in public school, with deep hands-on experience with accountable use of public funds and resources, my firm belief in the value of education is why I am running for trustee.
Career previously: Retired executive and professional project manager
Most important election issue: The quality of education delivery as reflected in EQAO results.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Raising two bright children while starting a new business.
Why voters should give you a chance: In the past the TDSB has been plagued by corruption, politics, and inefficiency. My experience can deliver positive change, ensure accountability, and bring the focus back to educating our kids.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Tania Principe

Reason for running: Schooling needs re-imagining. School is where we learn who we are and how to live together. Our kids and our communities need forward-looking schooling that better prepares them for our changing social and economic context.  We can – we must do better. I want to contribute to this positive change.
Career previously: Various leadership roles in women’s rights and food security organizations.
Most important election issue: Whole-student, inclusive, high-quality education for all learners in neighbourhood schools.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: My journey to disability rights advocacy thanks to my kids.
Why voters should give you a chance: I’m
-an ideas based forward-looking candidate with the skills and capacity to make change;
-well-researched in progressive education thinking;
-energetic and passionate to ensure all kids have high-quality education.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Think” by Aretha Franklin

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TDSB Trustee Ward 10 University-Rosedale/Toronto Centre

 

Fos Ashkir

Reason for running: For over 14 years, as a mother of two young leaders, I have served on TDSB school councils and have been a relentless advocate and community trailblazer in improving the educational experience in our neighbourhoods. I am committed to making schools better for our children and the community.
Career previously: Constituency Assistant for the Hon. Bill Morneau, MP Toronto Centre.
Most important election issue: Ensuring children/families are well supported in obtaining a quality education.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Regent Park Meals – 40,000 people fed to date.
Why voters should give you a chance: I will maintain inclusive, safe and sustainable schools for those in our community. I will make sure that the values and concerns of our students and families come first.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Ted Crysler

Reason for running: I want to advocate for children and parents in our ward at the TDSB. There could be some major curriculum changes coming from the province, and we need strong leadership to ensure parent voices are heard.
Career previously: In-house counsel focusing on technology and procurement, sommelier
Most important election issue: potential curriculum changes coming from the provincial review
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Being a father
Why voters should give you a chance: As a parent, I have engaged in dialogue with the community for 6 years on education issues and promise to continue to listen to your concerns. We need to work through the backlog on school repairs, ensure we have a strong voice on any changes proposed by the province, and build better collaboration with parents. I commit to being your voice at the TDSB to accomplish these goals.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Susan Gapka

Reason for running: I want to protect our students, our parents and our children; I want to defend our public schools; I want to fight against provincial cuts. I am running because all of us are threatened! I will use my experience to build consensus to achieve results; I will demonstrate results by saving crumbling schools and restoring cuts to curriculum; I will include everyone by fighting divisiveness.
Career previously: The 519: Training and Education facilitator
Most important election issue: Fighting against provincial cuts because all of us are threatened!
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: CAMH Canada 150 Difference Maker, Mayor John Tory – Key to City
Why voters should give you a chance: I will use my experience to build consensus to achieve results; I will demonstrate results by saving crumbling schools and restoring cuts to curriculum; I will include everyone by fighting divisiveness.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “The Long And Winding Road” by The Beatles

Olivia Labonté

Reason for running: The TDSB has a generational gap — almost no trustees are below 37. As a young person, I’m hoping to bridge that gap and implement bold ideas. Also, as an economist working in infrastructure, I hope to bring some much needed subject matter expertise on how we can #FixOurSchools.
Career previously: Executive director of youth non-profit and risk management assessor
Most important election issue: Improving our schools’ crumbling infrastructure.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Presenting to global leaders at the UN on city-building.
Why voters should give you a chance: I’m energetic, qualified and have accomplished many bold public sector improvements. I‘m passionate about elevating young people and I’m ready to improve the TDSB in an innovative and pragmatic way.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac

Arnella Renda Tarantino

Reason for running: The reason I’m entering this election is to help the students that have no voice but are in the most vulnerable position. I’m here to help them succeed in the life during the years in school.
Career previously: I’m currently a realtor with RE/MAX West.
Most important election issue: Most important issues for me are the student protection and environment in schools
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Most proud of the changes I made in my kids’ life and my life, with my health especially. This is #1. I have many and am grateful for every single one of them.
Why voters should give you a chance: Voters will be happy with my hard work and dedication I will bring on board.  My passion to help students’ achievement levels increase to higher levels. Make school the best part of a child’s life.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “We Are the Champions” by Queen

 

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TDSB Trustee Ward 11 Don Valley West

 

Amara Possian

Reason for running: I know first-hand the power and potential of young people and I want to make sure they’re safe, supported, and set up for success. My experience: working with diverse groups to make change happen, engaging communities in decisions that affect them, and helping organizations set and achieve ambitious goals.
Career previously: Community engagement specialist, organizational development consultant, advocate, and facilitator.   
Most important election issue: Well-maintained schools that keep up with rapid intensification and growth.   
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Mobilizing 90,000+ people to vote for change (2015 election).
Why voters should give you a chance: My governance, engagement, and advocacy experience. My track record. You deserve a trustee who has your back, who listens, and who is a fierce advocate for our public schools.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any (song title and artist): “Rise Up” by Andra Day

Stavros Rougas

Reason for running: I led the campaign to ensure the health and safety of John Fisher students during the construction of a 35-storey tower next to my son’s playground. I got results.
Career previously: Today I run a successful tech business I co-founded. I was a journalist at TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: School capacity.
Why voters should give you a chance: I am running for trustee to help develop a clearer long term vision at the Toronto District School Board, increase capacity, modernize administration and improve transparency. I ask good questions. I will be your voice.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

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TDSB Trustee Ward 12 Willowdale

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TDSB Trustee Ward 13 Don Valley North

 

James Li

Reason for running: I would like to use my experiences, knowledge, and passion to improve public education in Toronto. I want to help children build a solid foundation in math, reading, writing, and STEM, improve financial management of our school system, increase parent engagement, and reduce bullying.  
Career previously: I am a business manager and a children’s educator.
Most important election issue: Improve STEM education and financial management of TDSB.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: I have enabled children to be successful in STEM programs.
Why voters should give you a chance: I am an experienced children’s educator and business manager and I am ready to advocate on behalf of parents and students to ensure that our schools deliver the best education to our children.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Shawn Lin

Reason for running: As a high school math teacher and a father of two daughters (attend Ward 13 public schools), I fully understand issues we are facing in school board. With your support, I can do more to fully support all TDSB student academic achievement and well-being.
Career previously: Private school (JK-Grade12) math teacher
Most important election issue: All TDSB student academic achievement and well-being
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Helped students to achieve their academic dream
Why voters should give you a chance: Vote the person with most experience in education system and the person with empathy (my own children attend in public schools). I know TDSB priorities and let’s get it done.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Cathy Reid

Reason for running: I am running for this position to improve or change policy that will have a positive effect on the lives of students.
Career previously: Recently retired from the position of coordinator at an international financial services firm.
Most important election issue: All aspects of democratic engagement.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the past five years: Church Missions Committee Chair and Toronto Special Events volunteer
Why voters should give you a chance: I am passionate about public education.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Don’t Look Back” by Boston

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TDSB Trustee Ward 14 Don Valley East

 

Margaret McBeath

Reason for running: As a parent, I am concerned about the quality of public education and the fair funding of our education system. Our schools need to inspire students to reach their full potential and should move students to become lifelong learners. A supportive school environment that promotes equality and personal development is essential to reaching that goal.
Career previously: Director at engineering firm, PhD student, researcher, and instructor at the University of Waterloo.
Most important election issue: Allocation of sufficient funding to repair and maintain our schools.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Conducting research funded by CIHR into student mental health and wellbeing.
Why voters should give you a chance: I will be a strong voice at the TDSB for the issues that matter for students in Don Valley East and I commit to providing full accountability on my progress in accomplishing my platform to my constituents.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

Deepti Neto

Reason for running: I decided to run for Toronto District School Board trustee because I have seen how challenging it was for our children to navigate the school system successfully. As a parent volunteer for seven local schools, I experienced the need for better communication and collaboration.
Career previously: IT consultant and realtor, B.A. Urban Studies Economics
Most important election issue: Support education that leads to career success.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Mentoring my children successfully through a rapidly changing environment.
Why voters should give you a chance: My background as a working mother, immigrant and realtor have brought me closer to the real needs of our community. I’m a problem solver and I want to better our community by bettering our school system.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Adventure Of A Lifetime” by Coldplay

Paul Reddick

Reason for running: Compelled to become a candidate for school trustee to ensure folks are being heard and fairly represented. Schools are a precious resource and a vital link that enables children to establish a positive future and to flourish, the future success of our society depends on it.
Career previously: Project management consultant, BAS, MBA, PMP, PgMP
Most important election issue: Ensure high quality education that’s safe, fair, and equitable
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Volunteering in local community organizing and coaching children’s sports teams.   
Why voters should give you a chance: Diligently work with parent councils, principals, teachers to understand the issues to maximize resources efficiently and to raise awareness when those resources are not aligned with our children’s best interests.  
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Imagine” by John Lennon

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TDSB Trustee Ward 15 Toronto-Danforth

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TDSB Trustee Ward 16 Beaches-East York

 

Michelle Aarts

Reason for running: As a TDSB parent and education advocate I want to reform the Board to be efficient and accountable so that we can maximize programs and resources for academic success and be a strong voice for better education funding. I want to improve the delivery of special education resources and reduce class sizes so that every student has the best chance for success. I want to provide a full-time advocate for our local schools and to build better relationships and partnerships for our local community.
Career previously: Neuroscience Researcher and Instructor at U of T Scarborough.
Most important election issue: Improved communication, special education, and community engagement.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: My community work supporting education, equity, and poverty initiatives.
Why voters should give you a chance: I know what students and families need to reach their post-secondary potential. I will work to develop best practices for the Board to deliver better education, develop new partnerships, and respond to the needs of our local community.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Tom Sawyer” by Rush

Kuga Kasilingam

Career previously: Accountant and financial consultant
Most important election issue: School repair backlog, overcrowding and sex-ed curriculum
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Co-chair of Parent Council and Parent Academy. Involved with board sub committees.
Why voters should give you a chance:
New face, new ideas could negotiate with other trustees and ministry on behalf of the ward, thus eliminating the red tapes and bureaucracy prevalent in the board.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a

 

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TDSB Trustee Ward 17 Scarborough Centre

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TDSB Trustee Ward 18 Scarborough Southwest

 

Anna Sidiropoulos

Reason for running: With 3 kids in the TDSB system right now, I see the opportunities for growth. For 8 years I have been an active school council volunteer and have been instrumental in advocating for parental engagement, as well as enhancing student learning. I would like the opportunity to be an agent of change for the entire ward.
Career previously: Small business owner, entrepreneur
Most important election issue: Focusing on student achievement and supporting our children, as a team
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Being an effective advocate for my three children!
Why voters should give you a chance:
Local, relevant, committed.  I live in the riding, I have kids in the system, I have eight years experience working hard to advocate at the school level for parents and students.   
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “ABC” by The Jackson 5

 

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TDSB Trustee Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood

 

Zakir Patel

Reason for running: I have lived in Scarborough–Guildwood for 22 years, I have 4 daughters in public school, and know where the challenges and opportunities are. I work with our community on a regular basis, and want to be the voice for parents, students and supporting the speific needs of Scarborough-Guildwood schools.
Career previously: I am a small business owner and a realtor.
Most important election issue: School repairs and safety, student nutrition, and equity in schools.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Being a father to 4 incredible daughters.
Why voters should give you a chance: If you want reliable and accessible representation, who has lived, worked and knows Scarborough–Guildwood, and will be fearless in advocating for our students and schools, then vote Zakir Patel!
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake

Senai Iman

Reason for running: My campaign is about making schools work for the kids who attend them,  for parents like myself, for our teachers, and for the incredible residents of Scarborough–Guildwood. Check out my platform  
Career previously: Lawyer and TDSB Continuing Education instructor
Most important election issue: Addressing the repair and maintenance backlog in our schools.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Lobbying the province for more infrastructure funding to address the state of disrepair in schools.
Why voters should give you a chance: I’m a parent activist and have years of experience working in the school system. As a lawyer I also bring the professional skills necessary to make me an effective voice at the board table.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac

Jody Thrift

Reason for running: I have 3 kids who attend schools in Scarborough Guildwood. I am active with the school community. I have watched from the sidelines and decided that the only way to effect any real change is to try to do it from the inside.
Career previously: I am a licenced Paralegal
Most important election issue: School repairs and consultation
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Being a single mom to 3 fantastic boys
Why voters should give you a chance: I am not a career politician – I want to represent the people of the ward in the most honest, transparent and consultative way possible.  I want to be the fresh perspective that I think people are looking for.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Firework”  by Katy Perry

Andrée Vernon

Reason for running:  To build a stronger Scarborough-Guildwood to educate, elevate and empower today’s parents, guardians, teachers, the Ward 19 community, and more importantly the youth to become tomorrow’s leaders of excellence, purpose and change.
Career previously:  Educator, 19 years of teaching experience at TDSB and YRDSB.
Most important election issue: Achieving excellence, ensuring equity, enhancing public confidence. Maintaining safe/positive schools.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: The Unspoken Dialogue Media Projects that address cyberbullying/racism/body-shaming and violence.
Why voters should give you a chance:  Ward 19 continues to grow and change and so should our approach to curriculum/instruction and our educational leadership. I am that responsive and accessible voice to bring about change now.
Theme song for my election campaign: “We Are the World” by Michael Jackson

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TDSB Trustee Ward 20 Scarborough-Agincourt

 

Gregory Rodriguez

Reason for running: To improve the current status of our school system in terms of infrastructure, as well as increase programming for our youth, rebuild trust between law enforcement and the students, show politicians are not just talk, and be more involved.
Career previously: (current career) Close protection and security consultants and self-defense instructor.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Getting full custody of my son and being a father .
Why voters should give you a chance: I take pride in getting the job done. I will also be on call 24 hours unlike my competitors because I believe that as civil servant, you should be.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Shoot For the Stars (Go Publique)” by Annakin Slayd

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TDSB Trustee Ward 21 Scarborough North

 

Roy Hu

Reason for running: As high school principal I led with a clear vision to improve student achievement and student engagement. As trustee, I want to work with parents, School Councils to ensure their voices are heard and positive actions taken.
There are serious issues ahead and experience matters because students matter.
Career previously: High School Principal with 28 years experience in education.
Most important election issue: Ensuring parent voice on Sex Education and getting air conditioning.
Why voters should give you a chance: I have breadth and depth of experience to work with parents on issues that matters to them. Sex-ed, marijuana, math instruction, wasteful spending and prioritizing for students.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “To Sir With Love” by Lulu

Louis Wang

Reason for running: I want to have a better education system for my daughter. With years of financial experience, I strive to better manage $3.3 billion budget. My goal is to identify new fundraising opportunities. We need to invest our money to develop our kids’ skills and mental health.
Career previously: Professional Accountant with years of students’ leadership experience.
Most important election issue: School board budget and fundraising to install the air conditioner in classroom
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: I helped numbers of new grads to find their first job
Why voters should give you a chance: I am constantly looking for innovative ways to accomplish work more efficiently with higher quality. I want to give our kids the best education system.
The theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Time For Change” by Motley Crue

 

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TDSB Trustee Ward 22 Scarborough-Rouge Park

 

Kirsten Doyle

Reason for running: With all of the political noise that’s going on, the school boards need trustees with a proven track record of advocacy, who can be a strong voice for students, their families and the community. I have the energy, experience, skills and passion to take on this role.
Career previously: Writing, communications and project management
Most important election issue: Student mental health. This has lifelong impacts to the students.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Helped create a new special ed program in a school.
Why voters should give you a chance: I will advocate for all students as passionately as I advocate for my autistic son in the TDSB. I have experience as school council chair, youth advocate and communicator.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Vito Greto

Reason for running:  I had a an issue with my son regarding math (grade 11) I tried to get resolution through the system, teacher, principal, trustee, superintendent, field officer (yes there is such a position), ministry of education, finally after contacting  the ombudsman, 6 months later, I received an answer of sorts. They pointed me back to the starting at the administration of the School and the TDSB board! No one would take accountability, and no one would take on the challenge, even though every person agreed with my view., Well I will..
Career previously: Marketing and Advertising for 25 years, now a small business owner in Scarborough
Most Important election issue: (trustee-wise) Lack of accountability to parents and students and disrepair of our schools
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years:  I started my own business in my own backyard which currently employs 6 people – Scarborough rules!
Why voters should give you a chance:  I believe in a strong public education system. I am a product of that system; my kids attended/attend public school. We have lived in the Scarborough Rouge area for over 15 years and seen the changes in our schools. We need to ensure schools are safe, both emotionally and the actual buildings. We need to ensure the curriculum is inclusive and relevant to today’s world, and most importantly, we need to ensure that parents and students have a voice in the future of Public Ed.  I would ensure that voice was heard, I would ensure answer were given in a timely manner and work to help students not only succeed, but excel.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Respect” by Aretha Franklin

Cecilia Kutas

Reason for running:
– to help resolve parental concerns about school issues in a more timely manner, and in the best interests of the students
– to help reduce the number of issues that arise by holding school personnel more accountable for their policies and actions or inaction in areas of critical concern.
Career previously: Teaching chemistry and innovative teaching methods, UofT
Most important election issue: Enhancing public confidence in public education
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Early math PhD, OISE/UT Writing a book on everyday math
Why voters should give you a chance: A professional educator specializing in chemistry and early math education, I have grandchildren in the system, so I have a vested interest in keeping the quality of public education high.
Theme song for your election campaign: “Symphony No. 5” by Beethoven

Anu Sriskandarajah

Reason for running: As a professor of Child and Youth Studies I believe in the importance of evidence based decision-making. We know informed choices have the greatest impacts. I believe many of the groundwork has been done in terms of studies and it is time that we implement these recommendations. This is why I am running!
Career previously: Professor of Child and Youth Studies at York University
Most important election issue: Physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of students.
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: My doctoral research where I worked with young people in Scarborough.
Why voters should give you a chance: As a first time candidate I bring a sense of optimism to public office.  My decision-making skill is rooted in research as opposed to ideology. I have experience working from an academic, policy, and advocacy lens.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: “Work” by Rihanna

Roxanne Wright

Reason for running: Ran in 2014. Running again as a positive example for students that if you don’t reach your goal the first time, you try again. Running to serve the community I have lived in my entire life in a new capacity. Advocate for children and public education.
Career previously: Developmental Service Worker, Tutor, Model/Actress and Law Enforcement
Most important election issue: Equity, safe, inclusive classrooms, school repairs, STEM program, mental health
Accomplishment you are most proud of in the last five years: Recipient, Leading Woman Award (Government of Ontario) Alumni Award UOIT
Why voters should give you a chance: Track record of leadership and commitment. Extensive history of volunteer service to the community. Will be an accountable, accessible, visible and caring Trustee.
Theme song for your election campaign, if any: n/a
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