Hamilton Community News has contacted the two candidates for Ward 7 council and asked them to complete the questionnaire below. That’s how candidate Esther Pauls responded.
NAME: Esther Paul
OCCUPATION: Councilor for Ward 7, City of Hamilton
ADDRESS/DEPARTMENT: 1435 Upper Wellington Street, Hamilton, Ward 7
CONTACT INFORMATION: [email protected]
POSITION FOR WHICH YOU ARE RUNNING: Ward 7 Councilman
PAST POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Holder, Ward 7 Councilman
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RUN?
I learned a lot about municipal government and more specifically the nuances that Hamilton faces. While I am proud of the work I have done at City Hall over the past four years, I feel I can be even more productive with a renewed mandate from the citizens of Ward 7.
HOW WILL YOU EMBRACE AND PROMOTE DIVERSITY IN THIS ROLE?
Diversity can only be truly championed in a context of respect, inclusiveness and dignity. As such, it has been my practice – and will continue to be my practice – to consult and involve people from different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds when making decisions in council chambers.
HOW WILL YOU DEAL WITH THE HOUSING CRISIS?
There is no single solution for the variety of housing required (under different scenarios). Funds are needed at all levels of government. I supported permanent housing for 440 homeless people, 400 new affordable housing units, rent-geared-to-income (RGI) housing for 700 households, and the repair of 6,000 city-run housing units.
HOW WILL YOU RESPOND TO THE PROBLEM OF DANGEROUS STREETS?
Street surveys determine danger zones and I will do one for Upper Wentworth Street. I will continue to put in place traffic calming measures such as signs and speed bumps. A public awareness campaign can also emphasize that safety is not just about infrastructure — it’s about being careful and responsible, whether driving, cycling or walking.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 PROBLEMS?
My top three issues are being an excellent steward of taxpayer dollars (i.e. repairing roads, timely snow removal, updating parks for safety and accessibility) , the creation of affordable housing and new residential areas while protecting farmland and green space, and the constituency’s responsibility to address concerns. of Ward 7, Hamilton’s most populous ward.
IF ELECTED, HOW WILL YOU ACHIEVE YOUR PRIORITIES?
I will use the experience gained over the past four years to effectively navigate City Hall and effectively achieve priorities. Knowing what to do is one thing. Knowing how to do it, where to go and who to involve is another. Leveraging my experience will yield even more results for Ward 7.