By Doug Draper
They’ve left some pretty big shoes, but Cindy Forster sounds confident she can fill them.
The regional councillor for Welland, Ontario and former mayor of the same city has announced her intentions to run for the nomination of the New Democratic Party in a Welland Riding that has been painted in thick layers of NDP orange for the past 36 years by two of that provincial party’s icons – Mel Swart and Peter Kormos.
“I want to continue holding this riding (which also takes in the southern fringes of St. Catharines, Thorold and Port Colborne) as an NDP seat at Queen’s Park and I feel I am best positioned to do that,” said Forster in an interview with Niagara At Large this July 5.
“I really look forward to the challenge.”Forster is getting into the race in the wake of Kormos’s decision last month not to run for another term after a more than 20-year stay in power following the retirement of the late Mel Swart.
“As a regional councillor,” said the 58-year-old Forster, “you make a commitment to the community. But I think I can be a strong voice at Queen’s Park. After more than 20 years in municipal politics, she added, she feels she can carry the concerns of municipalities to the provincial legislature with some hope of getting results.
Forster said she is already has supporters working on beyond the borders of Welland to Thorold and Port Colborne where she may be less well known. The nomination meeting for the NDP candidacy is scheduled for this August 7 and the provincial election takes place on Oct. 6.
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