"CHANGE IS ONLY A VOTE AWAY" DONOFRIO THE BEST CHOICE FOR MAYOR Committed to rebuilding our City's image CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN
Thank you to the residents of Vaughan for the support in my quest for Mayor
and for all the help and support you have given me along the way.
I especially appreciate the information and advice you have provided, and
the contacts you have shared with me. Your assistance has been invaluable to me
during this process. I would also like to thank my campaign team for their time
Again, thank you so much. I greatly appreciate your generosity. I will continue
to be an advocate for the residents of
Vaughan. I will continue to have a watchful eye on the spending and the integrity
at the City of Vaughan. Should any resident or business owner need my help, I
am a phone call away; please do not hesitate to contact me. For now I will start
to build a team for the next election, my team and I will be back in four years,
we will be ready for the challenge.
We need to change our city, and we need to change it now. The City of Vaughan has the potential to be one of the most vibrant and thriving cities in Canada - but that cannot happen with a non-responsive, uninspired and untrustworthy government.
“The City of Vaughan is in need of a transparent political system that encourages democracy and allows the voice of the public to be heard. A city that does not fear change, but, rather, embraces it.” - Paul Donofrio, Mayoral Candidate - Vaughan 2010
If elected as the Mayor of Vaughan, I will have the responsibility of representing not only the people who elected me, but all citizens. I will, as your Mayor, serve as a resource to the residents of their community, making sure they receive quality services and helping them to solve problems.
“I know the time for change is now,” Donofrio said about his candidacy. “the mayor, in my opinion, is not currently living up to the expectations of the citizens of Vaughan in terms of integrity, accountability and accessibility. I’m not running against others. I’m running for the citizens.”
Donofrio, a former city employee, said he plans to work more towards providing an atmosphere of full disclosure in the city’s government.
"I was told that a lack of openness without ideas and limited visibility do greater harm to the city than they do to help. A good leader plans for succession, (Under the present Mayor),everything’s a secret. I believe in keeping the residents of Vaughan and the council involved.”
Vaughan mayoral candidate no stranger to city hall
The latest mayoral candidate to toss his hat in the ring is no stranger
to city hall. Former city fleet co-ordinator Paul Donofrio, 42, filed his nomination
papers Monday in a quest for the mayor's chair.
The father of two said cleaning up Vaughan will be his first priority.
"I know somebody else said there is no gas for the front-end
loader, but as a former leader of the city fleet, I know where the gas is and I
know how to operate the loader," Mr. Donofrio said.
Mr. Donofrio's comments are in reference to Mayor Linda Jackson's
statement during the 2006 campaign that she would need a front-end loader and a
40-yard bin to clean up city hall.
Right off the top, Mr. Donofrio said he wants to stop the financial
waste at city hall.
Among his first cost-saving initiatives would be to have high-ranking
commissioners drive city fleet vehicles instead of the more costly city-issued
He argues if commissioners need to conduct site visits, fleet vehicles
are fine and with the new city hall ready to open in the spring, there should
be no need for as many off-site meetings.
Mr. Donofrio said he would also eliminate corporate credit cards for
commissioners and would drive his own car as the mayor instead of a city-issued
But perhaps the most unorthodox move is that he pledges to donate 10 per
cent of his mayoral salary toward the Vaughan Health Campus of Care. He vows to be as dogged working for Vaughan residents as he was when
fighting for his rights, he said.
"I want to do this because I want to do it for the residents of
Vaughan. I want to clean up our beautiful city and I want to reconstruct the
name, City of Vaughan," the 10-year-long Woodbridge resident said.
He wants to have an open-door policy with the public and believes the
morale at the city needs to be raised.
"This city is not running on all eight cylinders and we need to fix
that," Mr. Donofrio said.
The biggest challenge Mr. Donofrio sees is convincing the public and
helping them to understand that he works for them.
"The public has been lied to, so it will be tough to convince them
that I have their best interests at heart," Mr. Donofrio said, adding a
campaign website is in the works and he will post election donations as they
"I have nothing to hide," Mr. Donofrio said.
As for accepting corporate donations, Mr. Donofrio has not decided on
(Excerpt from The Vaughan Citizen, by Caroline Grech, February 10, 2010)
Should I become the Mayor of Vaughan, I will make families
a priority. I strongly support LWAB (Life with a Baby) Program