Former mayor Marianne Matichuk says she's backing Cody Cacciotti for mayor in the Oct. 22 election.
“If you're very fortunate in your life, you will meet someone who has the rare qualities to be a great mayor,” said Matichuk, who is managing Cacciotti's campaign. “There's only one choice for me.”
Speaking at Beard's, the coffee bar in the Donovan, Matichuk praised owners Mark Browning and Jessica Nadel, who also operate Tucos Tacos Lounge and Cosmic Dave's music shop.
“This is an example of local economic development that has transformed the Donovan area and provided jobs, as well as outstanding food,” she said. “Let's not forget the food.”
She said she has “remained silent” in the four years since she left office, but said Cacciotti convinced her to speak out.
“It is time that our city moves forward by electing a mayor who represents our citizens and listens to their needs,” she said. “A mayor who will work with our community to develop economic opportunities to provide jobs in their areas.
“Our city is unsustainable with our current population and huge land mass of over 4,700 square kilometers. Taxes will continue to rise unless we provide jobs and increase our population.
“The candidate who resonates with me who, in my opinion will make a great mayor, is Cody Cacciotti.”
For his part, Cacciotti said he met Matichuck several years ago when he was a summer student working with the city.
“She was busy yelling at me to make sure I was wearing my hard hat and lathering on a ton of sunscreen so it didn't get sunstroke,” he quipped. “I believe that Marianne has always wanted the best for our city and to have her endorsement and the support of everyone gathered here today is incredibly humbling.”
He said the city needs to expand our tax base to repair infrastructure and keep tax hikes to a minimum.
“We must ensure that Greater Sudbury is primed and ready for new investments,” Cacciotti said. “I've talked about the need to review development charges and streamline building permit applications so that we as a city are operating competitively and at the speed of business.
“I have stressed that we must elect leadership that is proactive and will actively search out new opportunities for this city rather than wait for opportunities to come to us.
“If elected mayor, I pledge to work tirelessly for this city to ensure that we are looking at every possible opportunity to better our city, both big and small. Greater Sudbury is and has always been my home. It would be an honour to be your mayor.”