Stintz drawing on local experiences in mayoralty race

[attach]7569[/attach]Karen Stintz’s mayoral platform is building largely on what she’s gained in her 10 years’ experience as councillor for Ward 16, she says.

Stintz told the Town Crier in a telephone interview that her campaign will be focusing on four areas — alleviating congestion, building and fostering safe neighbourhoods, keeping taxes low, and developing economic opportunities — all of which stem from her work in Eglinton-Lawrence.

“Whether you live downtown or uptown or north of the 401, Eglinton-Lawrence sort of captures that intersection of the suburbs and the downtown,” she said. “We’re managing congestion, we’re expanding transit, and there are areas of intensification we need to manage, as well as expanding our parks.

“And all of those issues are ones that people all across the city are facing.”

The three-term councilllor will be facing stiff competition in the race for mayor, as she’s up against incumbent Rob Ford, former Scarborough councillor David Soknacki and one-time provincial PC party leader John Tory, who filed his nomination on Feb. 24, the same day as did Stintz.

She resigned her position as TTC chair the week before.

The Ward 16 resident says the competition isn’t scaring her, and that voters will recognize that her past “speaks for itself.”

“I’m excited about the eight months ahead,” she said. “I live in the city, I have two kids, I deal with those issues every day, like other people in the city are dealing with.

“I have a track record of accomplishments, so they can trust that I can get the job done.”