DiPasquale aims for deputy mayor’s chair in Oct. 27 election

 

Councillor Bart DiPasquale is running for deputy mayor in the Oct. 27 municipal election. He is the third candidate to run for the position.

Councillor Bart DiPasquale is running for deputy mayor in the Oct. 27 municipal election. He is the third candidate to run for the position.

By Ron Giofu

 

Another current council member is looking to move up and is running for deputy mayor.

Councillor Bart DiPasquale has become the third candidate in the race for the position, joining Councillor Carolyn Davies and former councillor John Menna. DiPasquale said he has received good feedback since word got out he was seeking the position.

“I carefully examined my options in partaking again in the election process,” said DiPasquale. “I thought the best thing to do was to run for deputy mayor. This was a position that was attractive to me. I feel I can do well in the position with my previous background and my one-term of (council) experience.”

DiPasquale, a retired deputy police chief, added he has had civic duty instilled in him his entire life.

Much like most other candidates, the town’s financial state is his main focus. With the financial review out, he said it is now time to get to work and put the 41 recommendations into action.

“Now we have to implement all these recommendations,” said DiPasquale. “It’s a good thing to know where you are at and what you have to do.”

DiPasquale acknowledged the town was offered a financial review by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing instead of an audit and believed there was “confusion” on council with what they were getting. He added there are some benefits to the review.

“I think they’ve covered and identified enough areas we can look at to help get our books in order,” said DiPasquale. “We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, that’s for sure.”

Working together as a team and doing what is best for Amherstburg “is paramount,” he stated.

“I’d like to take a leadership role, if my colleagues allow me to do it,” he said. “People are never going to agree 100 per cent. I think people really have to search themselves. You have to do your homework and you have to be prepared and ready to partake in the debate and decision making.”

There are projects that may not be done until there is more money available and the town’s finances straightened out, he stated.

“We have to live within our means,” said DiPasquale.

DiPasquale believes debate is a healthy part of the democratic process and that controversy arises when there is an appearance of ulterior motives or unfairness.

“That’s when you get division,” he said.

Transparency has to be there and be seen by the community, he added, though noting the town won’t be able to satisfy everyone.

“We have to engage the community and show them we are working for them and bringing the town forward,” said DiPasquale. “I feel the town has a bright future and we’ll get out of this situation we are in together.”

DiPasquale said he hopes citizens do their homework heading up to the Oct. 27 election and hopes he is the candidate chosen for deputy mayor.

“It’s been a long four years and, at times, very difficult,” he said. “Personally, I’ve probably become a better person. I’ve learned a lot and I think I can move on to a new position. It’s up to the people and I hope they will allow me to. I will do my best like I always have. I’m still for the people.”

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