To ensure that Hampstead keeps moving forward in the direction that I have led us the last twelve years, we need the best possible people on council. It is crucial that honest, hard working and dedicated individuals are elected.
I do not think that slates are a good idea in small towns and the candidates that I am recommending are independent, running on their own platforms.
Seat #1 Cheryl Weigensberg-Wood
I am very excited to have such an energetic, smart, hard working and dedicated resident running for council. She is Chairman of the Board of St. Georges School and was asked to stay on for an unprecedented fifth year. With her proven experience as a community volunteer and leader (Hampstead Centennial Committee, Night on the Town Committee, Recreation Committee and more), Cheryl will be a huge asset to our Town.
Seat #2 Jack Edery
If Jack’s only contribution to Hampstead was to keep us fiscally responsible, that would be more than enough. However, he is involved in every decision that we make and applies his intelligence, analytical mind, calm demeanour and most importantly his ethical and moral compass to everything that we as a council do. I am looking forward to his continued contributions in the next mandate.
Seat #3 Leon Elfassy
Leon is one of the longest serving councillors after three terms in office. He worked very closely with me on the Fire Station redevelopment project which has yielded over $8 million for the town and will soon add to our tax base when 28 townhouses will be completed. He is head of the PAC and has done a very good job in a difficult portfolio. He has also advocated very effectively on behalf of our tennis players.
Seat #4 Michael Goldwax
After three terms, Michael is one of the longest serving members of my team. He has been invaluable in his portfolios – Public Works, Environment, Seniors and IT (shared with Warren). When our Blues are working overnight on water main breaks or other emergencies, Michael is usually bringing coffee and donuts to show our appreciation. He also brings unique and good perspectives to our caucus discussions.
Seat #5 Warren Budning
Warren was the youngest councillor ever elected in Hampstead and while he brings the perspective of the young demographic to council, he is also serious, mature and just as concerned about being fiscally responsible as I am. He has proven to be a very valuable member of our Planning and Architectural Committee. I am happy to have him return for the next four years.
Seat #6 Harvey Shaffer
Harvey Shaffer is incredibly hard working, smart, totally dedicated to our town and a man of unquestioned ethics and integrity. He has made significant contributions to Hampstead the past eight years and I very much want to see him back on council for another four years.
Vote at the Community Centre in Hampstead Park
Regular Poll: November 5, 10am to 8pm
Don’t forget to bring a government issued I.D. with a photo on it.