After two terms as the mayor of Pelham, Dave Augustyn feels like the work isn’t done yet.
The 44-year-old married father of two is hoping the 13,878 voters in his hometown will cast enough ballots to let him keep the “Mayor Dave” moniker for another four years.
“I am both humbled and encouraged by the many residents who have asked me to continue to improve our quality of life and keep serving as Pelham’s mayor and regional councillor,” Augustyn said.
Raised in Pelham, Augustyn went to St. Alexander School, Notre Dame high school and then the University of Waterloo. After working as a fundraiser for numerous Niagara agencies, he was elected as mayor in 2006 and then easily won re-election in 2010.
He believes his track record should be all the proof needed to get him back into office.
“I’ve shown I’m a leader who works with council to improve our community,” he said. “From parks and trails to road improvements to downtowns we’ve revitalized, facilities we’ve refurbished, new festivals … I’ve really shown I can work together with the community.”
Augustyn said he wants to continue trying to make Pelham a walkable and rideable city with a focus on health and wellness.
“I’d like to secure the funding for the new multifaceted community centre and continue to move forward with what we’ve been doing,” he said, pointing out the ongoing work for the massive East Fonthill development. “Ensuring our community is vibrant and still has the small-town feel.”
With revitalization projects complete in downtown Fonthill and Fenwick, downtown Ridgeville near the corner of Effingham St. and Canboro Rd. will be next on the list, he said.
As for the cost of that type of work — costs that his mayoral opponents have criticized him for — Augustyn said council has remained financially responsible.
“I think if you look at the accomplishments, our tax increases for this last term are below inflation. I’m open about our spending and fiscal responsibility,” he said. “We’ve worked together with upper levels of government to get stimulus program funding and we’ve reduced the debt levels by 20% from when I started as mayor.”
Family: Married with two children
Occupation: Mayor and regional councillor