Vote Ann Mulvale for Ward 5 Regional Town Council
July 24 – Citing her belief that democracy is best served by choice and not by acclamation, former Mayor Ann Mulvale has registered to run for Regional Councillor in Ward 5.
“I have spent the first half of this year listening to and consulting with the people of Ward 5 and overwhelmingly I have heard that the electorate have a number of significant concerns, chief among these is the sense that the regional councillor needs to be an independent thinker,” said the former Mayor. Ann ran for the same office in 2014, which was decided by the narrowest margin of all Oakville races – the majority of Ward 5 voters did not get the change for which they voted.
She says taxpayers believe they are best served by less “group speak” from elected officials at Town Hall.
“Almost daily people ask me what happened to the robust debate and healthy clash of ideas that used to characterize committee and council meetings in Oakville. They want to know what has become of public consultation on issues that inevitably have an impact on their daily quality of life. They want to know why it is so difficult to get their representative to respond to phone calls,” she added. “I think my track record on rapidly responding to others is well established.”
Ann, a resident of College Park since 1972, played a significant role in shaping and preserving the emerging identity and character that had made Oakville renowned for quality of life. Over that period of time, she has been a residents’ association leader, a member of Town Council, and then Mayor for 18 years. Ann’s son, his wife and their two children also live in Ward 5.
“For me it’s personal. I want my grandchildren – and all young people – to grow up in a community with an unrivalled record for services and sound governance, that can best be achieved by sustainable finances and wisely planned growth, with timely, in place, infrastructure” she commented. “This is why I am standing in Ward 5 for the October 22 Municipal Election.
“Together we will work for and we will achieve better outcomes for Ward 5 in the 2018-2022 term of council. I ask residents to contact me with your ideas, concerns; you have my commitment that I will always serve Ward 5 first.”
Since her last term as Mayor, Ann has been deeply committed to community activity. She served in a voluntary capacity as Chair of the United Way of Oakville, an organization with which she has a lengthy history, including time as Campaign Manager and Executive Director. She has been actively engaged in a range of Oakville organizations.
“Serving others, caring about them and the welfare of the community is in Ann’s DNA,” says Doug MacKenzie past United Way of Oakville Campaign Chair. “She’s cheerful, tireless and a listener who has a genuine understanding of diversity and also, the private sector.” Ann founded local business Avancez Enterprises in 2006; later purchasing shares in Soleil Salon & Spa.