Six questions with Don Amos, candidate for Portsmouth District

Editorial note:

Across the province, Ontarians are getting ready to cast their ballots in every city, town, and county as the 2022 Municipal Election is fast approaching. With election day on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, Kingstonist has reached out to all candidates within the City of Kingston to create profiles allowing voters to find a brief overview of each candidate in one place. As response comes in, more and more candidate profiles will be added here, which you can access through our Municipal Election 2022 section (with the tab on the homepage), or through our ‘Candidate overview landing page.’

With 45 candidates in total for Kingston City Council alone – and with only one district acclaimed (Countryside District will once again be represented by Gary Oosterhof) and six districts without an incumbent – our goal is to provide as much information as possible leading up to the elections. Thus, we will endeavour to collect response from as many Kingston candidates as possible, with the hope of providing similar coverage for Loyalist Township, Frontenac County, and the Town of Greater Napanee moving forward. All relevant links will be available under the Municipal Election 2022 tab.

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Don Amos, candidate for Portsmouth District in the City of Kingston 2022 municipal election. Submitted photo.

Native Kingstonian Don Amos is running in the 2022 City of Kingston municipal election to represent the Portsmouth District. This is not new territory for Amos, who also ran in the 2018 municipal election, however, in that election, Amos ran in the Collins-Bayridge District, where he came in second to current-Councillor Lisa Osanic.

Portsmouth, currently represented by Councillor Bridget Doherty who is not running for re-election, has the most candidates of any Kingston district in the 2022 election, with a total of seven people vying for the position.

Amos is also no stranger to the Kingston community. Not only was he born here in the Limestone City, he also currently serves as the Executive Director of the Kingston Seniors Association. Community involvement is a large aspect of Amos’ life, having coached hockey and soccer locally for 15 years and served on many City of Kingston Committees, most recently as a member of the Board of Directors for Kingston Frontenac Housing Corporation.

Amos is “happily married” with a blended family of four grown children, two grown step-children, and two grandchildren “with one more on the way.” In his spare time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, rollerblading, and spending time with his family.

How would you describe your personal political ideology and/or affiliation?

I have voted for all three main parties in my lifetime. I view each election and platform on its own merit.

What made you want to run in this municipal election?

I have a strong sense of community and enjoy working with people. I have lived in Kingston all my life, and want to give back to this vibrant community that I have grown up in. My time, skills, and talents are such that I feel I can positively contribute to my district and city.

What are the three most common issues voters are bringing up to you as you campaign?

The three common issues so far that voters are concerned about are:

  1. Homelessness in the City of Kingston; concerns about sleeping cabins in Rodden Park.
  2. Infrastructure in the City of Kingston; concerns about the disrepair of the roads in Portsmouth District.
  3. Affordable housing in the City of Kingston; concerns about student rentals and affordable homes in Portsmouth District

What three issues are most pressing/important to address locally, in your opinion?

  1. Homelessness/Affordable housing
  2. Fiscal responsibility
  3. Employment for youth

What is the most pressing/important issue in your district?

Affordable housing

What do you feel sets you apart from other candidates?

I feel I have the most diverse portfolio and extensive leadership experience, including:

  • More than 30 years dealing with budgets up to $2.6 million
  • Strong understanding of the business/not-for-profit sectors, public relations, financial management, fundraising and development, strategic planning, and social enterprise
  • Experience working in cooperation with a Board of Directors, and in building strong, collaborative relations with staff
  • Experience in the executive director position of several not-for-profit/charity organizations

For more information on Don Amos, candidate for Portsmouth District in the 2022 municipal election, visit his website or Facebook page, or email him at [email protected].

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