Race heats up for Wasaga Beach mayor

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Four candidates in Wasaga Beach are vying for mayor, including incumbent Nina Bifolchi and former mayor Brian Smith, whom she ousted in 2018.

“People seem happy with the progress we’ve made over the past four years, and they’re excited to see these projects come to fruition,” contestant Nina Bifolchi said.

Smith says he decided nine months ago to run for mayor again.

“I had no intention of running again, but we saw things happening in the community that worried me,” Smith said.

Bifolchi and Smith will face two others who are no strangers to elections.

That includes Giorgio Mammoliti, a former Ontario MPP and Toronto city councilor, and Leslie Farkas, a local businessman running for his second election in Wasaga Beach.

“The thing I bring most to the table is objectivity,” Farkas said.

One issue that is at the center of this municipal election is the future of the city’s waterfront.

“Beach one and beach two are on everyone’s mind. They don’t want condos there and don’t want them sold out,” Giorgio Mammoliti said. “My approach will be to change the rules of procedure so that people can come and speak in committee to politicians and speak for up to 10 minutes.”

At the same time, Bifolchi says a purchase agreement has been signed with two reputable developers who have worked at Wasaga Beach for decades, saying they are committed to the community.

Meanwhile, Smith says that if elected, he will continue to work with the developers currently seated at the table and hopefully bring other mixed-use developers with experience to the table.

Residents still have a few days to decide as Monday marks election day across the province.

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