Why I'm Running

My name is Mark and I’ve grown up and proudly raised my family right here in Niagara-on-the-Lake for over 38 years. I've always been passionate about my community and I want to ensure our neighbours have a choice for Regional Councillor that will defend the town’s beautiful and unique character, ensure that every dollar the residents pay to the Region goes to services they receive, and ensure new opportunities in Niagara are fairly given to residents of our town. I want to make sure our seniors have the services they need, our roads can properly handle the influx of tourists and that our farmers have the supports they require to keep farms in family hands. For too long a dysfunctional Regional Council has ignored the needs of smaller communities in Niagara.

I’ve spent my life speaking up for our community and for those I represent – I’d be honoured to have the opportunity to bring that passion to the Region.

I live in Virgil with my wonderful wife Carrie and our two children Morgan and Taylor, who I could not be more proud of. I’ve been the business manager for IBEW Local 303 for the last five years--representing workers right across Niagara. My passion has always been with our local youth sports, coaching soccer and hockey in the town for years and have served as the Vice-President of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Soccer Club.

My late father Ron was heavily involved in the Virgil Business Association and the Virgil Stampede and he instilled in me a deep sense of love for our community. My roots here run deep: my grandparents farmed here and my family owned a local greenhouse and florist shop for many years. My three brothers, Ryan, Aaron, and Nathan still manage local business here in Virgil as well. I want to focus on making sure that our town remains the best possible place for our kids to raise their family and where all of our local residents have the services they need.

When I’m not working or spending time on the field, I enjoy speaking with students across the Niagara Region about the benefits of a career in the skilled trades. I also work closely with the region’s local school boards to empower Niagara’s skilled work force. I’ve been a member of a number of groups over the years and had the privilege of working alongside some of our most dedicated and selfless residents. Right now I sit on the Niagara Workforce Planning Board, the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and the Niagara Region’s Economic Development Working Group.

It's because I love this area so much that I've decided to take the leap and run for public office - I hope you'll join me in speaking up for our community and vote on Oct 22nd.

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