Six questions with Tom Gingrich, candidate for Kingscourt-Rideau District

Tom Gingrich, candidate for the Kingscourt-Rideau District in the 2022 City of Kingston municipal election. Submitted photo.

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.

For more general information on election process in Kingston, including details on electing Board of Education Trustees, ensuring you are registered to vote, etc., visit the City of Kingston Municipal Elections webpage.

Candidate profiles are being published on our website in no particular order.

Tom Gingrich is a lifetime resident of Kingston. Currently, he serves as a School Board Trustee for the Limestone District School Board, and previously ran for Kingston City Council in 2014.

When not working as a Production Tech at Goodyear Napanee, Gingrich enjoys sports and travelling with his wife and two grown daughters.

Gingrich shared that he sits on the board of the Food Sharing Project, is a member of CRNC (Community Response to Neighborhood Concerns), and is “a proud supporter of Pathways to Education and a part of the Little Forest program at KSS.”

He has two small dogs, a miniature schnauzer named Bentley and a Jack Russel named Milo. “Just like most little dogs, they think they are ten feet tall and bullet proof, but they are just two lovable pups,” Gingrich shared.

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

I would be a little left of centre, but not part of any party. I am a free thinker and make my choice of candidate each election.

What made you want to run in this municipal election?

I am the sitting Trustee for the riding, so I thought long and hard about running. I decided to run for Council so I could be the voice for our riding on the concerns, needs, and values of the families, seniors, and local businesses here in Kingscourt/Rideau.

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

  1. Traffic concerns
  2. Road conditions
  3. Affordable housing

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

  1. Traffic calming with a focus around our school zones
  2. The garbage issue in the Rideau Heights area
  3. Affordable housing

What is the most pressing issue in your district?

Traffic calming in school zones/areas.

What do you feel sets you apart from other candidates?

I think the experience that I have, being the Trustee for the last term, and the fact that I am a lifelong resident [of the district]. I am a proud north end resident. I understand what our community has gone through and the challenges we have had. I love this community and would not live in any other part of the city.

For more information on Tom Gingrich, candidate for Kingscourt-Rideau District in the 2022 municipal election, visit his Facebook Page and Twitter profile.

With files from Cris Vilela.

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