• jimter

    Terry Dow For Mayor

    Let it be known: my endorsement for Terry Dow as mayor. should not be viewed as if i would not be willing to work with Bob Gabriel or Ted Luciani if either one was elected as mayor. As a member of council for 10 years, under 3 mayors i never took sides. I always have and always will base my decisions on what is in the best interest of all citizens, and work with the mayor for the best interest of all.

    Most citizens and taxpayers may be aware of the fact that i lost my bid for mayor in 2010. My opponents, Bob Gabriel and Ted Luciani. I base my endorsement on many factors. As a citizen, whether a candidate has political experience or not should not be a factor. See i got ya! your thinking for one to have political experience, they would've had to be elected to office. There are far more people who have political experience then elected officials, business leaders, union leaders, elected officials support staff, all the people who actually investigate the issues, and then pass it on to the appropriate minister.
    Yes, she has never been elected as a municipal politician, but she was elected by her peers as the business manager for the Chamber of Commerce from 1990-2000, and was elected as the president of Greater Thorold Business council 2011-present. Positions that her opponents have never held. So in retrospect, her opponents don't have any experience also. As a taxpayer and citizen I have taken many factors into consideration. Which candidate would be able to unite council so the public and press will stop referring to Thorold council as dysfunctional. Terry Dow. Terry has no affiliations with any current Councillors or candidates. As well as myself. she's in it to win it on her own merits. Therefore a divided council with Terry Dow as mayor is highly unlikely. Both Gabriel and Luciani camps are vying to get themselves elected as well as those candidates that support their campaign. Even though i may have contested Gabriel and Luciani in 2010 both have not even made any attempt to contact me.
    In regards to what my thoughts,ideas etc. may be if elected to council. No dialogue what so ever. Like, Jim Handley is not supporting me. so i have no use for him. Terry Dow has reached out to ask for my views and ideas. Why? because Terry Dow is a people person and has the experience needed to bring people together. Again just look at her resume. That's why with Terry as mayor you can expect more, not "just more of the same old thing". Gabriel and Luciani are entrenched in their ways and propose the same for taxpayers as they have election after election. "Just the same old ideas". Terry has new ideas.
    Did you know?
    She created the community pride campaign, and because of Terry's efforts Thorold is recognized as Canada's most patriotic city. Terry implemented the twinning with sister city Lockport New York, also implemented the marketing plan for "Thorold's kissing rock".
    Yes, there's more.
    Terry also implemented the mayor's day picnic. for which Terry has chaired since 2005-present. Terry also serves as the vice chair for the Santa Claus parade and has since 2005-present. The list is to long visit dowexpectsmore.com. I would list the community committees that Gabriel and Luciani have been members of, committees that they have chaired, community events they have implemented during their political careers. but have been unable to find any, and no mention in either Bob's or Ted's flyers. because they are not involved in the community like Terry Dow is. They are only politically involved. Terry is involved in our community. Every year. Not just during an election year. And involves all citizens. Just look at her resume. Terry is the only candidate for mayor that actually recognizes our rural residents in her flyers. Thorold South, Allanburg, Port Robinson and St.Johns. Terry was also the only candidate to recognize our rural residents have needs also. During the debate which was televised by Cogeco, neither Bob or Ted mentioned our rural residents needs.
    As a candidate for council and as a councilor previous. I have always and will continue to address the needs of all residents, be it urban or rural. We all pay taxes, and i want a mayor that's in it for the betterment of all citizens not just some. Terry has a vision for our future. and the willingness to listen to all citizens. Not just some. That's why Terry proposes quarterly town hall meetings throughout Thorold, Thorold South, Allanburg, Port Robinson and St. Johns to get the entire community working together for the betterment of all.
    So as a citizen, when i look at the big picture Terry Dow for mayor is my choice. Also, both Bob and Ted mention in their flyers about spending millions of tax dollars. On a new arena, fire hall and public works building, but yet no mention on how they both expect to pay for these projects. I like Terry Dow's approach. Look where we stand first. How are we spending the taxpayers dollar? Where can we improve deficiencies? How is the city set as far as financing these projects? What impact will it have on tax rates?
    Both Bob and Ted have stated these projects (arena, public works, firehall) are on their priority list, but as i said earlier, no plan presented on how they expect to pay for these projects. you can't spend money before you even know whether or not you have it. unless bob and ted plan on putting the city further in debt. I like the let me see where we stand first approach as Terry proposes, and then we can start prioritizing. Another reason i support Terry Dow.



    1. VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT IN OUR COMMUNITY
    (OTHER THEN SOCIAL CLUBS)

    2. COMMITTED TO REDUCING RED TAPE AT CITY HALL

    3. POLITICAL EXPERIENCE
    (AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL)

    4. POLITICAL EXPERIENCE
    ( AS A BUSINESS/COMMUNITY LEADER)

    5. BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

    6. MARKETING EXPERIENCE

    7. A PROVEN TRACK RECORD AND ABILITY
    TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AS A GROUP
    AND WORK TOGETHER

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    We need a mayor with new ideas and a new vision for Thorold. Not old ideas and old visions, and the only way i know how is to elect Terry Dow now. Our road to a brighter future for all residents of Thorold, not just some

    — David Jim Handley

2 Comments

  1. Terry Dow says: October 16, 2014 at 12:06 pmReply

    Thank you so much for that great endorsement Jim. I look forward to working with you on Council. You’ve got this one for sure, you hardly need to try. Everyone I speak with is voting for you and want to see you back on council. I promote you to everyone I speak with as well.

    Have a great day and Ill see you tonight at the Blues festival.

    Talk soon

    Terry

    • Jim Handley says: October 16, 2014 at 10:18 pmReply

      Your very welcome.