John Levi Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: John Levi
Municipality: Mississippi Mills
Position Sought: Deputy Mayor
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Self- employed Residential and Commercial Developer in Mississippi Mills
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: Councillor 3 yrs. Pakenham Ward; Councillor 1 yr. Almonte Ward; 4 yrs. Mayor and County Councillor for Mississippi Mills.
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Five years “The Mill” (ACDC) Board of Directors; 10 years Almonte Community Credit Union; 20 years coaching hockey, soccer, fastball, and ringette (elected to the Ontario Ringette Hall of Fame in the coaching category); 8 years board of directors of Mississippi Mills Chamber of Commerce; 10 years Business Improvement Association (BIA) Almonte, one year as chair 30 years member; and past president of Almonte Civitan Club, Currently Director; 6 yrs. director of Appleton Museum.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:
Get spending and taxes under control
Community official plan corrected to properly reflect residents’ wishes
Return Community to friendly town respecting all views and working together.
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
I believe spending must be brought under control. Many projects undertaken have run well over budget. Example of this is Pakenham Library 100% over budget.
The community official plan has been disastrous. It started out to be full major review. Then after spending years and many thousands of dollars changed to a minor 5-year review because most of current council did not like results of what the facts indicated.
Disappointing to see our community deteriorate over the last 4 years from co-operative friendly town to where residents were welcome to come to council and participate, to now guards at door of meeting. This councils’ total disregard for the views of most of its residents and promotion of special interest groups saddens me. “Time for Change.”
Do you own (or have a stake in) or operate a commercial/industrial business in your municipality? (Including vacant development lands or rental units): Yes, I have invested in my community for 40 years in commercial and residential development creating many jobs and affordable housing opportunities.