The 2014 Candidates

THE INCUMBENTS

VirginiaHackson


Virginia Hackson

(905)836-7242

virginiahackson.ca

virginia@virginiahackson.ca



POSITION ON COUNCIL: Mayor since 2010, Councillor 2000-2010.

LIVES IN: SHARON (south of HOLLAND LANDING)

CAREER:  Was municipal employee in Newmarket.

EDUCATION:   BA University of Waterloo, B.Ed. York University, Masters Certificate Municipal Management.

COUNCIL ATTENDANCE:   95% (2nd of 5); missed 13 Council meetings (CWC, Council/SPC)

STATUS:  Running for re-election

MEMORABLE QUOTE:  "Council received the most important news that we have ever received in the 14 years I've been on Council. We were notified that a large manufacturing company based out of Calgary have acquired lands at Green Lane and the 404 in East Gwillimbury.This land will facilitate the building of an industrial and office facility and future commercial, bringing approx. 500 jobs to our Town with the initial phase expected to open in 2017."


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John Eaton

(905) 478-1134

www.johneatoneg.com

johneaton.eg@gmail.com



POSITION ON COUNCIL:  Councillor 2010-2014

LIVES IN:  SHARON

CAREER: Formerly in Wireless Communications Industry. 

EDUCATION:  B.A. (Economics & Business) University of Western Ontario; York University (courses in Business Law, Marketing and Finance).

COUNCIL ATTENDANCE:  94% (3rd of 5);  missed 15 Council meetings (CWC, Council/SPC)

STATUS: Running for re-election

MEMORABLE QUOTE: In response to candidate for Newmarket Regional Council Darryl Wolk's intention to petition the Province to annex part of East Gwillimbury's Green Lane lands for Newmarket: "I don't know why [Wolk] is running on this gambit. A lot of effort has been put into that area. It is a key functional area from a tax standpoint." 


MarleneJohnston


Marlene Johnston

(905) 830-1314

www.marlenejohnston.ca

marlenejohnston@rogers.com



POSITION ON COUNCIL:  Councillor for 27 years.

LIVES IN: HOLLAND LANDING

CAREER:  Seamstress.

COUNCIL ATTENDANCE:  93% (4th of 5); missed 24 Council meetings (CWC, Council/SPC)

STATUS:  Running for re-election

MEMORABLE QUOTE:  "I am a team player, a connecting thread in times of transition, and I live by the attributes of good character."


CathyMorton


Cathy Morton

(905) 557-0304

www.cathymorton.com

cathy.morton@rogers.com


POSITION ON COUNCIL: Councillor 2000-2014

LIVES IN: MOUNT ALBERT

CAREER: Former Bank teller

EDUCATION:  Newmarket High School, business and personal planning certificate 

 COUNCIL ATTENDANCE:  75% (5th of 5);  missed 41 Council meetings (CWC, Council/SPC)

STATUS: Running for Mayor

MEMORABLE QUOTE:   “Most important, I’m a real person, not a fancy professional but a farmer’s daughter.”


TaraRoyDiClemente


Tara Roy-DiClemente

www.tarard.ca

(289)803-2965

tara@tarard.ca



POSITION ON COUNCIL:  Councillor 2010-2014

LIVES IN: SHARON

CAREER: Former Publishing Executive

EDUCATION:  B. A. (Honours) History and English Literature Queen’s University, Post-graduate certificate in Publishing from Ryerson University, Certificate in Horticulture from the University of Guelph

COUNCIL ATTENDANCE:  98% (1st of 5);  missed 5 Council meetings (CWC, Council/SPC)

STATUS:  Running for re-election

MEMORABLE QUOTE:  "I love what I do. I love making a difference in people's lives, solving problems, and creating opportunities to build a thriving community."


THE CHALLENGERS FOR COUNCIL:

Rae Bowie


Rae Bowie

(905) 473-3461

(905) 806-4226

www.raebowie.ca

rae@raebowie.ca

LIVES IN: MOUNT ALBERT

CAREER: Provincial Constituency Assistant, has been staffer for Federal MPs and Provincial MPPs.

EDUCATION:  3-year technology program (Environment Studies)

 MEMORABLE QUOTE: "As a Constituency Assistant to Federal and Provincial Members of Parliament for almost 20 years, I've worked closely with residents, businesses and community groups advocating on their behalf at all levels of government. I know how things are done in government."   


JackHauseman


Jack Hauseman

(905) 715-7235

www.jackhauseman.com

jayef.hause@sympatico.ca



LIVES IN: HOLLAND LANDING

CAREER: Member of Council 1991-97, 2000-2010. Retired 2006 from Financial Services (equipment leasing and financing)

EDUCATION:  RIA (Registered Industrial Accountant), Canadian Securities Course

MEMORABLE QUOTE:  "I'm Jack and I'm back."


GregMcLaren



Greg McLaren

(416) 894-8390

gmclaren@netrover.com



LIVES IN:  MOUNT ALBERT

CAREER:  Chiropractor

EDUCATION:  Doctor of Chiropractic, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, General Certificate in Law & Society, York University, Specialized Honours B.A. Public Policy & Administration, York University.

MEMORABLE QUOTE: "The tax base is only so big, and when we see growth come into the community, we initially think:  'We should be looking at additional services.' There are ways to have these things without looking at the tax base. The first thing we need to look at is 40% of our tax dollars go to the Region. For a number of years, the Region has been propping up the southern municipalities — such as Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan — for their infrastructure. I think that pendulum needs to switch and come back here, so that's tax dollars — but that's dollars we haven't seen in the past. [Re- development charges] If you look at Markham, they roughly charge $27,000 on every new build as tax. In Toronto, it's $50,000. Even in Wasaga Beach, it's $25,000.  If we put a $10,000 levy on each new home, and we build 600 homes, we'd be looking at $6 million. It doesn't cost anybody a penny — and we have money to build things like senior activity centres or pools. That's how new growth pays for new growth."

JoePersechini


Joe Persechini

(905) 478-7300

joep4eg.wordpress.com

jpersechini@rogers.com


LIVES IN: QUEENSVILLE

CAREER:  Owned and operated Persechini Fitness Centre in Newmarket for 38 years. 

EDUCATION:  Dip. Physical Fitness from George Brown College.

MEMORABLE QUOTE: My main priority will be to manage the expected growth in East Gwillimbury in the most responsible and safest way. We need to be sure to keep the balance between the growth and the preservation of a small-town atmosphere which exists today and gives the community its character. Increased growth means more demand on service and recreational facilities. We need to manage growth properly."

PaulTaylor



Paul Taylor

(905) 836-1423

paulftaylorsr@gmail.com



LIVES IN:  HOLLAND LANDING

CAREER:  Duty Manager at Home Hardware

EDUCATION: Grade 12, Danforth Tech. (Toronto)

MEMORABLE QUOTE:  My main concern about the growth is that it's too rapid. It's happening too fast... With these developments that we're seeing in Sharon and Holland Landing — these are starting to look like cracker box housing developments. We have to have more of the social aspect for people to become neighbours and not just residents."


SteveWoolridge


Steve Woolridge

Mount Albert, ON

(905) 473-2899

www.votewoolridge.com

woolridge@rogers.com


LIVES IN: MOUNT ALBERT

CAREER: Associate Broker at Sound Insurance

EDUCATION: University of Western Ontario, BA Administrative & Commercial Studies

MEMORABLE QUOTE: My number one concern is there is too much focus on the infrastructure as it relates to roads, houses, utilities. I'd like to see a little more attention on the social programs. I know of too many stories from young kids that are going to swim in Newmarket to seniors that have to go to Aurora for housing because wait lists are too long.  I think we're struggling to meet 22,000 people's needs today — how are we going to meet them when it's 88,000?"

RyanWright


Ryan Wright

(905) 251-2439

www.facebook.com/Wright4eg

wrightinneg@gmail.com



LIVES IN: MOUNT ALBERT


JamieYoung


James Young

(905) 960-9990

www.thinkyoung.ca

jamesryoung48@gmail.com



LIVES IN: HOLLAND LANDING

CAREER: Councillor 1994 – 2000, Mayor 2000 - 2010

MEMORABLE QUOTE: "I respectfully ask that you 'Think Young' once again."


WHERE DO THE CANDIDATES COME FROM? WHAT DEMOGRAPHIC RELATES TO THEM?

Without a ward system, East Gwillimbury has population centres in Holland Landing, Mount Albert, and Sharon — all of the present council members come from there. Sharon has had its de facto representative in Virginia Hackson since 2000. In 2010 two more Sharon residents, John Eaton and Tara Roy-DiClemente, joined council. Holland Landing has been represented several times over in the past by Marlene Johnston, Jack Hauseman, and Jamie Young. Mount Albert has had its de facto representative Cathy Morton since 2000. Rural residents tend to turn to "rural councillors" when they have a problem. Similarly, those suburban council members appeal to residents who live in their area. 

This year, only one candidate, Joe Persechini, comes from Queensville — an area that will face challenges as more than 30,000 residents are added to the sleepy rural town under the Places to Grow Act.


AREA DEMOGRAPHIC CAREER POLITICAL/VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE POSITION SOUGHT
RAE BOWIE Mount Albert 40's to 60's Constituency Staff member for Federal MPs and Provincial MPPs Has worked with all levels of government for her constituents Running for Council
GREG MCLAREN Mount Albert 30's to 50's, families with children Chiropractor Coach EG Soccer Association, church volunteer Running for Council
CATHY MORTON Mount Albert 50's to seniors Former bank teller Councillor 2000-2014 Running for Mayor
STEVE WOOLRIDGE Mount Albert 30's to 50's, families with children Associate Broker at Sound Insurance EG hockey coach Running for Council
RYAN WRIGHT Mount Albert No information No information No information Running for Council
JACK HAUSEMAN Holland Landing 50’s to seniors Retired 2006 from Financial Services (equipment leasing and financing) Member of Council 1991-97, 2000-2010 Running for Council
MARLENE JOHNSTON Holland Landing 50’s to seniors Seamstress Councillor 26 years Running for re-election to Council
PAUL TAYLOR Holland Landing 50’s to seniors Duty Manager at Home Hardware Lions Club, Knights of Columbus Running for Council
JAMIE YOUNG Holland Landing 40’s to 60’s Politician Councillor 1994 – 2000, Mayor 2000 - 2010 Running for Council
JOE PERSECHINI Queensville 30’s to 60's Owned and operated Persechini Fitness Centre in Newmarket for 38 years Successful tireless fundraiser: has raised $3M for Easter Seals and $1.8M for Southlake Hospital. Running for Council
JOHN EATON Sharon 50’s to seniors Formerly wireless communications industry Councillor 2010-2014 Running for re-election to Council
VIRGINIA HACKSON Sharon 40’s to 60’s Former Municipal Employee Newmarket; owns and operates a property management company Mayor since 2010, Regional Councillor 2010-2014, Councillor 2000-2010, 14 years LSRCA, YRDSB Trustee 1993-2000 Running for re-election as Mayor
TARA ROY-DICLEMENTE Sharon Mid 20’s to 60’s, families with children Former Publishing Executive Councillor 2010-2014 Running for re-election to Council





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