Windsor Councillor Going For A Fifth Term

Windsor City Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac at City Hall, June 18, 2018. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.

A long-time Windsor city councillor says she still has work to do.

Ward 6 Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac has confirmed published reports saying that she is running for a fifth term on council.

Gignac has served since 2003. With her Ward 8 colleague Bill Marra announcing his retirement from municipal politics, Gignac would be the longest-serving current member of city council if she is re-elected.

With last summer’s flooding still fresh in the minds of ward residents, Gignac tells one of her biggest priorities is making sure the overhaul of the city’s sewer system is implemented.

“The issue of the sewer master plan development, and working with the mayor on the eight-point project that we hope to introduce in early next year, is absolutely critical to this ward,” says Gignac.

Gignac’s ward was one of the hardest hit areas when torrential rains last August caused the worst flooding in the city’s history.

One of the most significant issues raised during the current term is the pending legalization of recreational marijuana and how it will be handled in a border city like Windsor. Gignac, who also serves on the police board, had previously expressed concern over the location of Windsor’s cannabis outlet as well as funding for police that is focused on enforcement of pot regulations.

The ongoing opioid crisis and efforts to raise mental health awareness are also issues Gignac wants to keep working on.

“It certainly is an issue that concerns me from a number of perspectives,” says Gignac. “One of them is making sure that everybody is safe. We have laws here in Ontario and in the city of Windsor that have to be adhered to.”

Gignac also wants to see the Miracle Diamond, an innovative baseball field designed for kids with special needs on the site of the old Riverside Arena, completed.

Gignac joins council incumbents Fred Francis, John Elliott, and Ed Sleiman on the campaign trail.

With Marra not running again, the remaining councillors, Chris Holt, Rino Bortolin, Irek Kusmierczyk, Hilary Payne, and Paul Borrelli have yet to announce their intentions.

One other challenger has filed for Gignac’s seat in Ward 6. Medical marijuana advocate Josh Jacquot is running.