Name: Nina Bifolchi
Occupation: Current mayor of the Town of Wasaga Beach
Community: Town of Wasaga Beach
Previous political experience: Eight years as a councillor, four as Deputy Mayor and four as Mayor. I have also served eight years as a County of Simcoe Councillor. I have sat on and chaired a number of committees over the years such as Chair of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, Chair of the County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and Chair of the County’s Regional Government Review Committee.
Why have you decided to run? I believe that truth, transparency and respect for policy, process and legislation were restored at town hall during the 2018-22 term of council. Under my leadership as mayor, with council and staff working together, we accomplished all priorities set at the beginning of the 2018-22 term of council. Priorities determined and based on what our residents shared with us as being important to them. We require this continuity and experience to finish what was started and to keep moving our community forward. I provide proven results and trusted leadership to ensure we stay on the right path.
How will you embrace and champion diversity in this role? In my political and personal life I have had the pleasure of discussing different perspectives on many matters. I don’t judge others or their views based on race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or any other human difference. I enjoy working with anyone who encompasses strong ethical principles.
If elected, what do you plan to champion in your first 100 days? Council member orientation, review and approval of the 2023 budget and setting council’s priorities to be met during the 2022-26 term of council will be a few of the first things to be dealt with once the new council takes office.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given, who gave it to you, and why does it stay with you? Time proves integrity right. Shared by a friend. In politics there are never-ending lies spread through whisper campaigns, publications and social media. It has become difficult for people to know what to believe anymore. I encourage voters to go to the source, review past promises and actions from candidates from reliable sources, and ask yourself: did time prove their integrity to be right. I deal in facts, believe in a high standard of ethics and as your current mayor, believe my time on council has proven my integrity right.