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Two high profile names are running for election as councillor in Ward 2 of the City of Waterloo.
Helen Kaluzny, chair of the library board, and Janice Moore, president of the KW Diving Club and a member of the former Citizens’ Budget Task Force, both filed their nomination papers last week.
“I’ve always felt it is important to give back to your community,” said Kaluzny in an interview Monday morning. She’s been a resident of Waterloo since 1999. “We’ve seen a lot of changes on the west side and I want to ensure residents continue to have a strong voice at council.”
Moore, a retired chartered accountant, said she is looking to add to her experience working on city and public committees. Over the past 10 years she has served on the board of Dive Ontario and in 2013 she took on the role of chair of the Sport Organization Committee for Diving at the upcoming 2015 Pan American games in Toronto.
She was also chair of the city’s Recreation Advisory Committee and the Cash Grants Review Committee.
“I very much want to continue the work of all the committees I’ve sat on,” she said.
Moore said she will focus on bringing renewed attention to arts, culture and sports in a fiscally responsible way.
“I think we have a really good base in the city and I want to ensure there is lots of recreation, both passive and active, and sports and arts are a big passion of mine.”
Current Ward 2 councillor, Karen Scian, has already announced she will not run for re-election in the ward and will instead run for a seat at regional council in the Oct. 27 municipal election.
Both share similar concerns over the future of their ward on the west end of the city, including future residential and commercial growth, traffic management and the unique challenges faced by the growing number of multicultural families in their community.
Given their high-profile positions in the community, both say their experience working with city staff and current members of council will be an asset should they be elected. Kaluzny, going into her fourth year as chair of the library board, has managed the budget and helped get the Harper Library up and running, and Moore has in-depth knowledge of the city’s accounting and budgeting given her experience on the Citizens’ Budget Task Force, which was folded by the city in 2012.
Members of that group spent about a year looking through city finances and made several recommendations to city council to create a more balanced and fiscally responsible budget.
Moore called municipal finance “a monster” and one of the toughest aspects of municipal politics and management for councillors to wrap their heads around — even those with years of financial training.
If elected, she would lobby for the city to revive the budget task force but with a narrower mandate.
A full slate of candidates is available at http://www.waterloo.ca/en/government/2014electioncandidates.asp. Nominations may be filed at city hall until 2:00 p.m. on Sept. 12. The election will take place Oct. 27.
By James Jackson