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Meet John-Paul Danko

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A Message from John-Paul Danko

It is an exciting time to live in Hamilton; we have one of the most diverse economies in Canada and we’re on the cusp of a massive investment in new public infrastructure.

Yet, it still feels like Hamilton is stuck in neutral.

I am running for Ward 7 Councilor because I believe that we can do better.  I come from outside of Hamilton’s political circles and hope to bring a fresh new perspective on what is great about our City and where we can improve from here.

I am running for Ward 7 Councillor because I believe that we need representatives with real world experience in industry and business. As a professional civil engineer, I solve complicated problems for a living and I would be honoured to bring that same approach to City Council.

Finally, I am running for Ward 7 Councilor because I believe that our Council representative should be personally invested in our community.  I live here. I am raising my family here. I am your neighbour in Ward 7.

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Independent.

John-Paul Danko is not affiliated with any political party, union or other special interest.  He is free to speak up to protect your tax dollars.

“I don’t see a seat on council as a career move or a political stepping stone. I am a professional engineer and a small business owner – not a politician. I solve complicated problems for a living and I would be honored to bring that same approach to City Council.”

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Experienced.

John-Paul Danko is a Professional Civil Engineer with a career’s worth of experience building bridges – literally.

If elected John-Paul would be the only engineer on Hamilton City Council as they tackle a $3.3 billion dollar infrastructure deficit, a $1.2 billion dollar LRT construction project and over a billion dollars in annual development permits.

John-Paul Danko is also a small business owner who cares about people and responsible service.

“As a Civil Engineer I have hands on experience with the design and construction of large scale public infrastructure projects.

As a small business owner, I know how important it is for municipal government to be consistent, responsive, open and honest. There is no substitute for real world experience, when it comes to controlling costs and managing spending.

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Lives Here.

John-Paul Danko is personally invested in Ward 7.  He is a lifelong Hamiltonian who lives where he is running – in Ward 7.

“I was born at Henderson Hospital. I grew up on the Mountain. I went to school on the Mountain. I graduated from McMaster University and now I am raising my family on the Central Mountain. I am your neighbour in Ward 7.”

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Transparency In Government .

John-Paul Danko is committed to open and transparent government. For that reason, we will post a full list of all corporate and union campaign donations as they are received.

WHAT YOUR NEIGHBOURS ARE SAYING

Having worked with John-Paul on a project recently I was most impressed with his willingness to look at a problem from every angle and perspective, this is not a guy who is afraid to think outside the box and advocate for what he believes in.

Civil Engineer, Grimsby

I met JP Danko at the Hamilton Citizen Jury event at Mohawk College, and I have to say, I wholeheartedly endorse him as Candidate for Ward 7.

My personal opinion is he is a great balance for the Mountain, and understands and knows the challenges that lie ahead. He is an excellent diplomat that can engage Mountain residents and Lower City residents. He has the Concession BIA in his ward, the only true urbanized street on the Mountain, so this is a very important anchor of urbanization to market the rest of Ward 7.

IT Professional, Hamilton

Finally a candidate I can get excited about voting for! John-Paul has integrity, vision and a very personal stake in the future of Ward 7.

College Teacher, Resident-Ward 7, Hamilton Central Mountain

I met you for the first time at my door this afternoon. I like the fact that you are an independent,born and continue to live in the ward and know the issues in the ward.
I firmly believe that we need fresh faces, NEW ideas in this city from top to bottom in order to move forward.
My first impression.....you got my vote on March 21st.

Ward 7 Resident - Hamilton Central Mountain

I’m endorsing John-Paul Danko as the independent candidate for Ward 7.

Ward 7 needs a city councillor that represents everyone, not just Conservative, Liberal, or NDP supporters.

Executive Director of the Escarpment Project

21 thoughts on “Meet John-Paul Danko”

  1. Hi John Paul – I think that this election is very important to set the tone for how Hamilton will function in the future. We need to stop thinking of mountain vs city. Let me know what I can do to help.

    1. Hi Melanie – I agree, with many important votes coming down to an urban / suburban split this an important election. But you have to remember that there are many within Hamilton’s political establishment who wouldn’t want an open minded, evidenced based decision maker elected. Because I am not connected to a political party or the usual Hamilton politicos, my biggest challenge is finding volunteers, so I really appreciate your offer to help – I’ll be in touch!

  2. I think jp known as daddy should be council for president. On
    wed. Jan. 2016 Jp went puting up sighns. Jp danko lives in buchanan street”. they should vote for JP DANKO. If he fales witch he wouldn’t well then he’s DOOMED! He’s also a rockstar master and a engineer builder . Hiss wife is trustee Dawn danko.
    writer by ISAAC JOHN DANKO!

  3. I think you should withdraw as your spouse is in with the school board causing a conflict of interest.
    Ward 7 needs experience, I am tired of these high property taxes in Hamilton, that will go up because we have inexperienced ppl spending their budgets and asking for more.
    Hamilton is tired of this!

    1. Hello Sam, thank you for your comment.

      Dawn is serving Ward 7 by bringing her skills as a college professor with a Masters in Education to the table at the Public School Board. I hope to serve Ward 7 at City Council with my career experience as a structural engineer designing and managing large public infrastructure projects. A good working relationship between the School Board and the City will benefit everyone, although I will declare conflict of interest as necessary.

      I couldn’t agree more that Hamilton is tired of inexperienced people spending their budgets and raising property taxes – here is an article that outlines my qualifications in that regard: http://jpdanko.com/infrastructure/why-do-we-need-a-civil-engineer-working-for-ward-7-on-hamilton-city-council

  4. Hello Mr. Danko: No one on City Council has been concerned about the abandoned police station on the corner of Upper Wellington/Inverness over the years despite repeated requests to address its current condition and future status. The building’s exterior is in desperate need of repair and it has become a dumping ground for old mattresses, grocery carts, garbage bags, and on occasion discarded furniture! I’d like to know your thoughts regarding this matter as a candidate for Ward 7.

    1. Hello Kathy, thank you for the comment. I would have to look into who the current owner of that property is (owned by the City or not), but there are property standards by-laws that apply. Here is a contact form to file a property upkeep by-law complaint: https://www.hamilton.ca/government-information/by-laws-and-enforcement/municipal-by-law-complaint-form

      However, I think the bigger issue here is how can we have an underutilized commercial property like this on a major arterial roadway, with parking in Ward 7. Here is an article I wrote about the issues and opportunities on a similar stretch of Upper James: https://raisethehammer.org/article/2774/time_to_reject_the_status_quo_and_reimagine_our_public_space

  5. J.P., I commend you and your wife Dawn for your commitment to serving the public in her capacity as a trustee and yours as a future councillor. The relationship between the City and HWDSB has always been an eyesore for Hamiltion, but things appear to be changing between the new Council and Board elected in 2014.
    How do you think you can continue to build this momentum for the students of Ward 7 and Hamilton as a whole?

    1. Hello John – thank you for the comment and observation. I agree – the new board and the City have been working much more closely – Chair Todd White has made that a priority and I know that it is also a priority for Dawn. I think that in the past the HWDSB was not as cognizant of the role and importance of local schools to the greater community (not just students and parents) – which led to friction with the City. It is much more functional and productive for all when the City and HWDSB realize that they are both working toward a common goal of healthy, walkable, vibrant local schools and communities – and both have an important role to play. There are several pressing issues in Ward 7 that require immediate cooperation between the City and HWDSB. 1. Getting the new south mountain high school permits approved and the school built. 2. Agreeing to a final partnership to secure the future of Hill Park as an educational facility and revitalization of the existing City rec center. 3. Arranging for HSR transit to specifically accommodate high school students traveling to and from MacNab, Westmount, Sherwood and Barton. 4. Pedestrian crossing infrastructure and bike lanes for students to get safely to and from school via active transportation. 5. Parking enforcement and the provision of park and drop infrastructure during morning and evening pickup and drop off.

      I think that having a Ward trustee and Councillor that can actively work together to address these issues would benefit everyone.

  6. Hello Paul,

    My name is Emilio Bonito. I was not home the day you came by my house. I wanted to let you know that I would like to have one of your signs on my front lawn to show support in the neighbourhood. Please contact me at (905) 389-3507.

    Kind regards,

    Emilio

  7. I am looking to see what your view is in attracting more big business into Hamilton/ward 7. We need to revitalize this city and start thinking of our future. I would live and work here, but unfortunately, jobs are hard to come by and I make the commute to Toronto like so many others.

    1. Hello Heather, thank you for the comment. You’re absolutely right – attracting business to Hamilton has to be a top priority for the City. Given the size of Hamilton, I am always surprised just how slim local job prospects are. I think this comes down to three factors:

      1. Bureaucratic hassle from City Hall
      Talk to almost any business that has opened up shop in Hamilton and you will here about some bureaucratic hassle from City Hall – restrictive zoning, by-law restrictions, permit approval processes etc. – the City is working on this but there is a long way to go.

      2. Commercial tax rates
      High commercial tax rates make it uneconomical for many low profit margin businesses to locate here.

      3. Lifestyle.
      We need to make Hamilton a place where young professionals want to live. That means a focus on recreation opportunities, public transportation, family friendly neighbourhoods, cycling, walking and fostering local amenities like independent shopping and restaurants.

  8. We moved into the neighborhood as of Sunday, and have been working in Ward 7 since before the New Year. I have been doing some research on candidates and the election as a whole. I am a fan of everything I see so far. I would love to hear more from you and potentially meet you in person!

  9. It is great to hear your expertise in engineering and infastructure but what about the residence of Ward 7. I would like to hear what we can expect as Stelco retirees and US Steel. Will you comit to continuing the fight for our pensions?

    1. Hello Debbie,

      Thank you for the comment. Growing up in Hamilton we all have friends and relatives who are facing an uncertain future due to the actions of US Steel. For anyone familiar with what US Steel have been doing since purchasing Stelco, it is extremely frustrating that the courts continue to side with this predatory US corporation and not workers – however, at the municipal level the best we can do is keep the pressure on upper levels of government and the courts.

  10. You should be proud of what was a very successful campaign by all accounts. You came ahead of a candidate with Monique Taylor & Scott Duvall’s endorsement and just came up short from a candidate with name and face recognition.
    I’ve known you to be a man of intelligence and integrity. All the best to you JP.

  11. The results are in and our Ward 7 household is so disappointed. You ran an amazing campaign and the results from the polls reflected what an incredible candidate you were! Thank you for your dedication and passion! You should feel very proud! Kathy

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