The longest-serving member of the Mississauga City Council resigns.
Nando Iannicca, who became the youngest councilor on 1988 when he was elected at the age of 27, announced at a meeting today in the Town Hall that he will not seek a 11th term.
In an interview prior to his announcement, the Cooksville native said that he was making his decision well before the October 22nd municipal elections to give potential candidates a maximum notice to go to the open chair.
"I would never have been Ward 7 councilor in the first place if not for Dave Cook who announced that he was not a year earlier," Iannicca recalled.
He then ran to the urgent request of his wife Ann Marie, stopped his job, spent nine months campaigning and surprised favorite Brad Butt in the contest to replace Cook. He has won a clear majority since each election.
"The first time I was ever in the town hall was to register me, the second time was after I was elected," he said.
The Credit Valley Conservation Chair will reflect on his career later on, but prefers to talk about the kind of representation he needs according to Ward 7.
challenging mix of communities, including a "very urban" corner in the inner city, where new buildings appear to pop up daily, the transformative core of Cooksville and stable historic districts such as Gordon Woods, Cooksville-Munden Park and the old Erindale Village . 19659002] Although it is tempting to try and bring some personal projects to an end, many will evolve over the past decades – not years – he said.
They included the $ 1 trillion Hurontario LRT and Iannicca's strategic proposal to resolve ongoing flooding. Cooksville Creek by buying out homeowners and creating a large central park in its neighborhood.
Iannicca was named Miss Misrumuga of Mississauga's 2017 year after year by the Mississauga news in which he regularly returned because of a metroland media coverage of council members' travel expenses and the bitter response of some Cooksville homeowners to his park plan.
"You really have to come from district 7 to represent it," said the former Bay St. investment executive. "You have to have a vision about what our city should be."
While his parents from Cerchio, Italy never learned English, they managed to get four children through the university to one salary, a maximum of $ 27,900 from the Cooksville brickyard.
But his own sons will struggle to possess a house in Mississauga. "How do you deal with urbanising cities and make them places where people age?"
This means that the biggest future problem may be the development of affordable communities for mixed use where residents can live, work and play. "We have to make it fun so that we can become a Barcelona or a Nice.We have to be a place where people want to be."
At least two council races in October will not be established leaders after the decision of Iannicca and the sudden death of Ward 1 Coun. Jim Tovey January 15. That could increase as Ward 6 Coun. Ron Starr decides to run for Peel Region chair.