Another Mammoliti targets Toronto City Council

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Christopher Mammoliti, a Toronto school trustee and son of flamboyant former city councilor Giorgio Mammoliti, plans to run for the council seat his father lost in the 2018 election this year.

But the vice-chairman of the Toronto District School Board told the Star that if he is successful, he will bring a different vibe to City Hall than his “showman” father, famous for his antics, including removing his shirt on the council and calling his enemies “communists”.

“I will definitely be a toned down version, but the work ethic will be there – I will grind 24-7,” Christopher Mammoliti said in an interview on Friday, confirming rumors of his intention to seek Ward 7 Humber River-Black Headquarters. of stream.

“I come a little more from the (political) center,” than his right-wing father, whose 23 years in civic office ended in defeat to fellow councilman Anthony Perruzza after the Ontario government cut the number of seats on the board.

“I think there’s an element to my job that comes a little more from collaboration and teamwork.”

The 37-year-old married father of a baby boy was elected a trustee of the neighborhood TDSB in 2018 and chosen vice-chairman by other trustees in 2020. Prior to politics, he was a director at seal maker Seal & Design Canada. and other industrial products. sealed.

The life lessons of two bouts of thyroid cancer in his late twenties and early thirties prompted him to volunteer on the advisory boards of Seneca College while pursuing his studies in business. This led him to run for the school board seat, he said.

He decided to run for council rather than a second TDSB term, he said, after the pandemic exposed ‘major shortcomings’ in the government’s efforts to deliver aid to the many marginalized residents. neighborhood and ensure they can fully participate in programs.

He has long worked on his father’s campaigns, but says he is not trying to avenge the 2018 loss to Perruzza.

“The idea that I would spend my time seeking revenge goes completely against what I stand for – positivity, collaboration, working together,” he said, adding that he hopes to serve two terms on the board, then make way for new blood.

Her famously combative father once ripped off his shirt in the council chamber in protest at a proposed nudist beach and later urged the council to turn Center Island into a prostitution zone. He was a strong supporter of former Mayor Rob Ford.

In 2018, the Mammoliti elder was criticized for saying Toronto Community Housing was full of “killers” and “drug dealers” who needed to be evicted like “pulverizing a building full of cockroaches”.

In an email, the former councilman, who lives in Wasaga Beach and has thought about a possible mayoral race theresaid he was “semi-retired” and would support his son’s run in Ward 7 rather than attempt a comeback there himself.

Toronto has become a “complete disaster” under Mayor John Tory, he added.

“I will be watching closely to see who is in the running for Mayor of the City of Toronto,” he wrote. “Who knows what I will do.”

Nominations for council and mayoral races open May 2, but some hopefuls are announcing early. Tory has not publicly revealed whether he will seek a third term as mayor.

Perruzza, a former school trustee, North York councilor and New Democrat MP first elected to Toronto council in 2006, said in an interview that he hasn’t decided whether he will seek another term in the new mega-district which includes Yonge-Finch.

“There are a lot of things I have to work on and think about that crowd out the election and keep me from thinking about the election,” he said.

Asked about Christopher Mammoliti, Perruzza replied: “Interesting name, obviously. Hopefully it won’t be a chip from the old block.

David Rider is Star’s City Hall Bureau Chief and a reporter covering City Hall and municipal politics. Follow him on Twitter: @dmrider

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