Luigi Gino Del-Ciotto believes it’s important to put your money where your mouth is.
That’s why he is running for Princeton town council in the upcoming election.
“If you are going to stand up and criticize your current government you have to step up to the plate,” he said in an interview with The Spotlight.
“I think with the amount of criticizing I’ve done of the current council in the last four years, it would have been wrong not to do this.”
Del-Ciotto is a professional gold prospector with a variety of work experience. He previously operated a landscape company on the coast for 16 years, worked at a grain elevator, and was a government inspector for grain and meat products.
He also markets educational gold mining packages, and offers authentic gold panning experiences for tourists.
“I’m used to doing a lot of different things.”
Del-Ciotto moved to Princeton ten years ago. “I needed to get away from the city life. I wanted to take a slower pace and a change.”
The political newcomer has a multi-planked platform that includes exploring the establishment of an artist-in-residence program for the town, downtown beautification, municipal promotion and branding, and establishing a “block watch” initiative in an effort to reduce crime.
He also wants to pursue better mental health care access by working with Support our Health Care (SOHC) to secure a local crisis counsellor and a psychologist
“SOHC, I think they’ve got a great deal of influence.”
He is a supporter of shared-use of the KVR trail through the Town of Princeton. He said sound barriers and physical barriers to separate motorized and non-motorized traffic might be needed to make that possible.
Del-Ciotto has not been shy on social media with his opinions regarding decisions made by the current council. Foremost among them has been his objections to the current proposal to build an aquatic and wellness center.
He said he believes the proposed facility is too big and expensive, and feels the town should re-assess scope and location.
“I am absolutely against the current proposal..I am-pro pool, for the record.”
As for skill sets and talents that would support a council seat, Del-Ciotto does not hesitate.
“When I bite my teeth into something I don’t let go. I’m not afraid to speak my mind…I do not believe in towing a line.”
The candidate also stated he wants to look into re-establishing the informal question period following council meetings – a practice that was was shut down by CAO Cheryl Martens earlier this year. She cited its lack of compliance with the town’s procedural bylaw as well as provincial guidelines.
“I think this town has lost confidence…They want to see what the government is doing and how they are coming to their decisions.”
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