Volume 91, Issue 33

Tuesday, October 28, 1997



Ward one looks for votes

By Sara Marett and Ed Stack
Gazette Staff

As the municipal election date draws nearer, The Gazette will attempt to make your voting experience a little easier. Each day until the election, we will feature three candidates running for ward one and two councillor positions. Also, pick up this Friday's edition for profiles on the five mayoral candidates.

Today's ward one councillor candidates were asked why they are running for their positions and why students should vote for them.

Ab Chahbar, a financial consultant in London, said he is running to provide much needed leadership, accountability and efficiency to London's city council.

"Let's look at reduced prices for bus tickets and help students who are important citizens in our community," Chahbar said.

Seeking re-election is Joseph Avola, who has been a city councillor for 12 years. He is particularly concerned with the down-loading from the provincial government to the municipalities.

As far as students are concerned, Avola said he has tried to encourage Western to provide more residences on campus. He also said he appreciates student contributions to the community through volunteer and fundraising work.

Carol Donelly is a trustee on the separate school board. She said she would like to see council get back on track and face issues which are important to the community. "I would particularly like to see employment opportunities for youth increase in our community."

She explained her priorities regarding students would be to ensure they experience fair treatment regarding housing issues and would also support more accessible transportation.

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