Patrick Cook is challenging longstanding incumbent Tony Dalimonte for the Haldimand Ward 4 seat on council.

“I believe that when people are in power a long time they become arrogant, lose focus of their goals and lose touch with their constituents,“ he says.

“I believe the Councillors should answer to the people of Haldimand, work for the people and should not lose sight of this idea.”

Key planks in Cook’s platform include:

New eyes, thoughts and approaches to try to find a workable solution for Douglas Creek Estates.

Finding ways to bring new business to the area, including improving high speed Internet coverage.

Working to try to bring public transit to Haldimand.

Supporting area farmers, especially during this time of concern with what is going on south of the border.

Strongly advocate for seniors and their long-term care and needs.

On a personal level, Cook, who works in the transportation industry, has called Hagersville home for over 30 years, where his two sons were born, raised and schooled, one still living in Haldimand.

He is no stranger to public life. He was school board trustee for Haldimand for two terms from 2000-2006. During that time he chaired the committee that helped create and implement a program called Pathway for Success, which won Ontario Order for Education. He was also on the board when Grand Erie became one of the first school boards in Ontario to be Kyoto Accord approved.

Additionally he sat on West Haldimand Hospital Board of Governors for one term, and has been involved with the Children’s Aid Society for over 20 years.

If he wins the seat, he vows to bring new life and energy back to the council and county. And he pledges to always diligently answer people’s calls and work hard to solve their problems.