Raines takes on Shelley Carroll in Don Valley East
(Written June 4 for Town Crier.)
David Raines thinks it’s time for a change in local representation in Ward 33 so he’s applying for the job.
“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a few years,” says the Don Valley East council candidate, who’s thrown his hat into the political ring, alongside incumbent councillor, Shelley Carroll.
“The last two years, I’ve seen how the city has been going raising taxes on everything.”
He said one way to keep taxes down is to partner more with private businesses.
“For example, the TTC can partner with private enterprise say, on sponsorship of a station,” said Raines. “That could be looked at.”
His father had a courier business in Toronto, so he learned about business from the ground up, he said, and he had his own security business that taught him how to budget and pay attention to the bottom line.
He said he’s gone through the city’s 2010 budget line by line.