Inside Halton has reached out to every Milton council and regional council candidate and asked them to fill out the questionnaire below.
This is how council candidate Rick Di Lorenzo responded.
NAME: Rick Di Lorenzo
OCCUPATION: Development manager
ADDRESS/WARD: 1161 Winter Cres., Milton / Ward 3
POSITION YOU ARE RUNNING FOR: Ward 3 local/regional councillor
PREVIOUS POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Ward 3 local councillor for 12 years
WHY HAVE YOU DECIDED TO RUN?:
This election I've decided to run for regional council for Ward 3, leaving my local councillor position open for others. Regional council has added responsibilities such as Halton Healthcare Services (including Milton District Hospital) and Halton Regional Police (related to my focus on community safety). These two areas has always been a focus of mine. Plus, Milton’s infrastructure has been lacking support at the regional level, often delayed and pushed back; it has fallen behind our growth. I believe Milton deserves better.
HOW WILL YOU EMBRACE AND CHAMPION DIVERSITY?:
Town council has enacted bylaws that don't reflect teh town's diverse makeup. me want to reverse those divisive rulings. Continue to champion the town working with places of worship as Milton has a deficit in This area for many of our diverse community groups lacking local options. Continue to work with all cultural groups as me has to ensure their voice is heard and respected.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE ISSUES?:
Local economic growth: Our job and business creation has not been keeping pace with our population growth.
Community safety: Community Safety Zones in residential neighbourhoods, enacting photo radar, not as cash grabs on arterial roads but at the local level on residential streets.
Investment in infrastructure: Our infrastructure keeps on being delayed and pushed back.
IF ELECTED, WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH IN YOUR FIRST 100 days?:
Roll back the prejudiced anti-flag raising bylaw, enact the Milton Small Business Program, bring about community safety zones and photo radar on residential roads near parks and elementary school walking routes. Invest in both local and regional infrastructure. Turn many of our pedestrian crosswalks into lighted ones with push button activation.