A News Brief by Doug Draper
Posted December 6th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
In front of a packed Niagara Regional Council chambers that included ex-regional chair Al Caslin, former St. Catharines MPP and recently elected Regional Councillor Jim Bradley received the support of a majority on the new council to serve as its chair.
Bradley was elected to a four-year term as Niagara Region’s chair in a three-way race this December 6th with new Welland Regional Councillor Leanna Villella and Lincoln’s new regional council member Rob Foster.
A total of 19 votes went to Bradley, seven to Villella and five to Foster before the council voted one more time to unanimously support the outcome of what was the first contest for chair held completely in the open in the Region’s almost five-decades-long history.
All three candidates for Niagara’s top political job referred to what each one called a “clear message” voters sent to those running in this past October’s municipal elections that they want to see their councillors working together, in a more open and accountable manner, for the betterment of their communities.
“It was clear in (the October elections) that people want honesty, integrity, civility and openness,” said Bradley when it was his turn to speak.
A ling-time Liberal Party member, Bradley promised he would work across any and all party lines and has always believed that “there is no room for partisanship at the municipal or regional council level.”
At the time of this posting, Bradley was still scheduled to deliver his inaugural address to the new council.
Niagara At Large will have more on that, and on Bradley’s past political record and what his new role at the regional government levels means for the future in the hours and days ahead.
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