John-Paul Danko, JP Danko, Ward 7, Hamilton, Central Mountain, 2016, Byelection, by-election, Damin Starr, Tim Gordon, Geraldine McMullen, Hans Zuriel, Robert Bolton, Philip Bradshaw, Doug Farraway, Gregory Lenko, Anthony Nicholl, Howard Rabb, Uzma Qureshi, Chris Charlton, Monique Taylor, Scott Duvall, NDP, Liberal, Conservative, bob charters, charters, skelly, donna skelly

Q&A With Ward 7 Hamilton City Council Candidate John-Paul Danko

Dear Ward 7 Neighbours:

For her recent article “13 People Running In Ward 7 – and That’s Just The Beginning” CBC Hamilton reporter Sam Craigs asked each Hamilton Ward 7 by-election candidate four questions.

Here are my full answers:

1. How will you stand out in a crowded field?

I come from outside of Hamilton’s established political circles and I believe that I offer an alternative to the party politics and voting blocks that often seem to stand in the way of sound decision making at City Hall.

I am running for Ward 7 Councillor because I believe that we need representatives with real world experience in industry and business.  I offer a specialized skillset in structural engineering, business and project management that would be an invaluable asset on City Council.

In such a crowded field of candidates, I believe that I am the only independent candidate with the experience and community connection necessary to effectively advocate for all residents of Ward 7.

John-Paul Danko, JP Danko, Ward 7, Hamilton, Central Mountain, 2016, Byelection, by-election, Damin Starr, Tim Gordon, Geraldine McMullen, Hans Zuriel, Robert Bolton, Philip Bradshaw, Doug Farraway, Gregory Lenko, Anthony Nicholl, Howard Rabb, Uzma Qureshi, Chris Charlton, Monique Taylor, Scott Duvall, NDP, Liberal, Conservative, bob charters, charters, skelly, donna skelly

2. Why do you think there’s so much interest in running?

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 – so it is understandable that a by-election would draw a large field of candidates.

Overall I think that most candidates are genuinely interested in serving the City as a whole and are running because they want to make a difference.

However, Municipal politics is often seen as a stepping stone to higher office. For those with political party aspirations this by-election could be considered an opportunity to gain experience and prepare for a future provincial or federal run.

I believe that this by-election comes at a critical time for our City. A large portion of every resident’s property taxes go to fund the Public Works department. As a professional structural engineer with a career’s worth of experience designing and building public infrastructure, Public Works is one of my main interests. I am interested in bringing a more strategic and pragmatic approach to spending our tax dollars.

John-Paul Danko, JP Danko, Ward 7, Hamilton, Central Mountain, 2016, Byelection, by-election, Damin Starr, Tim Gordon, Geraldine McMullen, Hans Zuriel, Robert Bolton, Philip Bradshaw, Doug Farraway, Gregory Lenko, Anthony Nicholl, Howard Rabb, Uzma Qureshi, Chris Charlton, Monique Taylor, Scott Duvall, NDP, Liberal, Conservative, bob charters, charters, skelly, donna skelly

3. What do you think is the most important issue in Ward 7?

Ward 7 is a mix of older established communities in the north with communities still under development in the south. With such a wide range of areas, specific issues tend to vary; however, there are some key issues that are consistent throughout the Ward.

Concerns about property taxes, roadway and sidewalk maintenance, traffic and speeding are common.

Ward 7 is by far the largest Ward in the City (by population) and contributes approximately 40% more property taxes and 40% more business taxes than the average for all other Hamilton Wards.

However, we do not see investment in our Ward 7 communities that is proportional to our contribution.

For example, the City has invested in both Huntington Park Recreation Centre in Ward 6 and Westmount Recreation Centre in Ward 8, but not Hill Park Recreation Centre in Ward 7.

I believe that in order for Ward 7 to finally realize its potential, we need a City Councillor that is able to aggressively pursue investment in Ward 7 while remaining consistent with an overarching vision for the City of Hamilton as a whole.

John-Paul Danko, JP Danko, Ward 7, Hamilton, Central Mountain, 2016, Byelection, by-election, Damin Starr, Tim Gordon, Geraldine McMullen, Hans Zuriel, Robert Bolton, Philip Bradshaw, Doug Farraway, Gregory Lenko, Anthony Nicholl, Howard Rabb, Uzma Qureshi, Chris Charlton, Monique Taylor, Scott Duvall, NDP, Liberal, Conservative, bob charters, charters, skelly, donna skelly

4. Do you live in Ward 7? Do you think it matters?

I live in Ward 7 with my wife and two children.

In order to truly represent the views of the residents of Ward 7, I believe that the City Councillor for Ward 7 should be personally invested here – they need to live here in order to truly understand the concerns of residents.

John-Paul Danko, JP Danko, Ward 7, Hamilton, Central Mountain, 2016, Byelection, by-election, Damin Starr, Tim Gordon, Geraldine McMullen, Hans Zuriel, Robert Bolton, Philip Bradshaw, Doug Farraway, Gregory Lenko, Anthony Nicholl, Howard Rabb, Uzma Qureshi, Chris Charlton, Monique Taylor, Scott Duvall, NDP, Liberal, Conservative, bob charters, charters, skelly, donna skelly

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

Sincerely,

John-Paul Danko

John-Paul Danko – Hamilton City Council Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

John-Paul Danko, JP Danko, Ward 7, Hamilton, Central Mountain, 2016, Byelection, by-election, Damin Starr, Tim Gordon, Geraldine McMullen, Hans Zuriel, Robert Bolton, Philip Bradshaw, Doug Farraway, Gregory Lenko, Anthony Nicholl, Howard Rabb, Uzma Qureshi, Chris Charlton, Monique Taylor, Scott Duvall, NDP, Liberal, Conservative, Bob Charters, Donna Skelly, Skelly, Charters

WHAT YOUR NEIGHBOURS SAY ABOUT JOHN-PAUL DANKO

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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.

Dee College Teacher, Resident-Ward 7, Hamilton Central Mountain December 9, 2015

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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.

Greg Executive Director of the Escarpment Project February 1, 2016

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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.

Mark IT Professional, Hamilton December 9, 2015

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Highly impressed by @JPDankoWard7 vision for ward 7. Lives in the ward, and has a history of promoting mountain issues #hamont

Owen Ward 7 Resident February 1, 2016

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JP's passion for city planning and infrastructure coupled with his extensive business experience will make him a force to be reconned with on City Council.

Randy Retail Manager, Resident-Ward 7, Hamilton Central Mountain December 9, 2015

5 thoughts on “Q&A With Ward 7 Hamilton City Council Candidate John-Paul Danko”

  1. I was prepared to vote for someone in my party until I saw your sign that said Independent, so I started to do some homework on your campaign and I have decided to change my opinion, since so many signs in my neighborhood had your name on their front- lawn. I thought that I owed it to myself to investigate onto your back ground since I already know your wife’s a little, and had voted for her, since I work at the board of ed. myself. But that didn’t make me interested in your name until I saw Independent. I like the idea of no political influence or pressure to conform to the wishes of a party or leader, since politics can have a lot of political pressure involved in elections

    1. Thank you for the comment – I’m really encouraged to hear your thoughts. It has been tough without the team of political party volunteers – but I think you are exactly right – political party membership always carries party obligations (even for party members who are now claiming to be independent too).

    2. John Paul has tagged most all the other candidates so if you Google them he comes up that to me is like dirty politics. What other dirty stuff has Danko done.

      Anthony Nicholl for Ward 7 Councillor

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