Hamilton has always been more than my hometown – it’s been my source of passion and pride, my inspiration. I’ve spent my life working on behalf of Hamiltonians, whether that’s been at the legal aid clinic in the east end, on city council, or at Queen’s Park. Grays Road in Stoney Creek is the place where I grew up, McMaster is where I attended university, and downtown is where I raised my son. For me home is, and always has been, Hamilton. Hamiltonians are full of determination and grit. Our city is made up of people who care about one another, and who are dedicated to making our hometown a safe, healthy, and thriving place for all. In Hamilton, we don’t stop working until the job is done. My commitment to you is to be a mayor for all Hamiltonians – no matter where you live or when you made our city home, no matter your political stripe, and no matter your circumstances. I love this city, and together I know that we will continue to make it a great place to live, to achieve, to raise a family and to grow old. https://www.andrea4hamilton.ca
Keanin Loomis https://voteloomis.ca
Councillor – Ward 2 (Ed. Note – we solicited profiles from each candidate but not all responded.)
Hello Breezes’ readers, it is a great honour to represent your vibrant North End on Council. I welcome the chance to have our record put to the test on Election Day. Our investment in a $140 million transformation of your waterfront includes acres of new North End parkland. Ongoing street and trail infrastructure is making the North End safer for children, pedestrians and cyclists. We are renewing Eastwood, Jackie Washington and open spaces along Strachan. We brought those public spaces back to residents, solving the challenge of encampments with a focus on housing our homeless versus permitting our parks to become inhumane campgrounds. Increases in safe affordable housing like the energy retrofitted 500 McNab and James Baptist and the Jamesville redevelopment adds approximately 160 units, a net gain of 69 affordable units. More than ever, we need experience and results driven leadership. We can move our city forward without further taxing your budget. Re-elect me for further street rehabilitation, greater emphasis on public safety featuring more frontline policing and keeping our parks and public places accessible for all. I hope that come election day you will look at our accomplishments together and consider working with me toward a brighter future.
I’m running for Ward 2 Councillor because I love Hamilton and care deeply about our downtown community. I live in Durand with my partner Derek and, until I began my campaign, I managed my family business. I have proudly served on boards like the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, Pride Hamilton, The AIDS Network, and the Hamilton Literacy Council; I was Chair of the City’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee; and I’m the Editor of the Downtown Sparrow. My platform priorities are focused on the environment, housing, safety in our neighbourhoods, better services, and sustainable growth. I intend to deliver on each of those priorities by engaging with you directly. The North End is changing fast and the people I’ve spoken with want a Councillor who communicates and follows through. I have a proven track record of not only showing up, but following up and communicating proactively. We can have a better Hamilton and I’m committed to getting us there. Every Hamiltonian deserves to be valued and respected by our City Council. I will be thoughtful about the decisions I make and transparent about how I make them. To learn more about me or join the campaign visit www.CameronForWard2.ca.
Hamilton Is Home! Raquel’s family lives and works in the Beasley Neighbourhood. She is the proud mom of 2 boys, Legend & Unitas (Pronounced UniteUs). Raquel is a Cathedral High School Alumni (Go Gaels!) and a Mohawk College Alumni. She has experience as an intern for Cable 14 On-Air Music Host, a small Business Owner x 3, Singer-Songwriter, Coach/Mentor, Fitness & Health Advocate and a former athlete. We need a balanced community for everyone. A community that supports housing solutions and development, that empowers, promotes and supports small businesses. One that is safe for our children, is inclusive and supportive. This will happen by working together and creating a culture of collaboration. I promise to collaborate to develop solutions for the well-being of the people and our city. I will be a team mate and a leader actively searching for a progressive, proactive solution to create change. Let’s EMPOWER CHANGE TOGETHER! https://raquelforward2.com
You might know me as the host of the historical walking tours of the Hamilton Cemetery, which I have been doing for over 20 years for! All Hamiltonians deserve to know their local history and you will learn that at my cemetery tours. During the pandemic, I wrote 3 books. Vol 1 and Vol 2 of “Gone but not Forgotten”, the self-walking tours of the cemetery. I restored my home on MacNab St. N. and it’s designated under the Ontario Heritage Act! I bring experience to council through 25 years of volunteering on many city committees and am familiar with the issues, the staff, and the people involved. My Platform is: to fix the roads with an emergency pothole team to address this Citywide problem; to improve transit with new bus lines; Increase awareness of services. Better communications would let those who need it know there is a dental bus for low-income people; Affordable housing is a problem of inflation, housing costs, and high rents are keeping a generation out of the dream of owning a home; Homelessness is an issue and Tiny Houses could be the answer. I will bring accountability and transparency to City Hall.
Public School Trustee
Sabreina Dahab https://www.sabreinadahab.com
Volunteering with “Drop in the Bucket” program, I became a regular in Ward 2 parks, bucket and grabber in hand. I felt a sense of community cleaning up, fielding questions, and promoting engagement. Taking stock of my skill set: my work in healthcare business operations; political science degree and soon an MBA from McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business, and most importantly, the life-changing experience of becoming a father, I sincerely believe I am the right candidate for this challenging and important role. The core commitment to student experience and families must be maintained. I also have a healthy appreciation for the responsibility of managing a $625M annual budget; the importance of meeting the evolving needs of students and families to the best of the board’s abilities; continuing to improve the diversity and inclusion initiatives; ensuring students and staff have the resources they need to bridge COVID-19 learning gaps; and advocating for students and families. I am excited for the opportunity to represent the North End as part of the HWDSB and humbly ask for your support on election day. I invite residents to contact me through my website at www.andrewward2.com or to stop and talk.