By Doug Draper
Two former Niagara mayors – Wayne Redekop of Fort Erie and Katie Trombetta of West Lincoln, are revving it up for runs in their ridings for this October’s provincial election.
Redekop, a lawyer in Fort Erie who was that town’s mayor until he left the job four years ago, is looking to be the NDP candidate in the Niagara Falls riding which will pit him against the Liberal incumbent, Kim Craitor. The nomination meeting for him to be that candidate takes place this June.
Trombetta lost her job as West Lincoln’s mayor last fall after serving two terms that had her presenting a strong voice around the Niagara regional council chambers on issues of concern to her area. She has been nominated as the Liberal candidate for the riding of Niagara West-Glanbrook, the same riding now dominated by the province’s Conservative opposition leader, Tim Hudak.
In a May 18 media release, Trombetta says; “Our community needs a strong voice to represent our local community interests. … Some representatives forget that they are here to serve the people. They take their constituents for granted and grow out of touch. I know that my years of experience in this community will help me bring our local issues to the table, and I hope I can earn your trust and support.”
Trombetta sounds like she is in it to win, despite taking on an incumbent who is not only a party leader. Hudak also defeated Mayor Vance Badawey, when he ran as a Liberal candidate some six or seven years ago.
Redekop declared this May 18 that he is in it to win. He comes up against a Liberal incumbent who has often criticized his own Liberal government for not doing enough to address the concerns south Niagara residents have about their diminishing hospital services.
For his part, Redekop has continued, even after leaving the mayor’s job, supporting the fight for fair access to hospital services in Niagara. A year ago this May, he raised their concerns during a rally in front of Queen’s Park.
Suffice to say, the races in the Niagara Falls and Niagara West-Glanbrook ridings will be interesting ones and Niagara At Large will do its best to follow them closely.
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