Six questions with Vincent Cinanni, candidate for Williamsville District

Vincent Cinanni, candidate for Williamsville 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.

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Vincent Cinanni lives with his wife, Julie, and their 12-year-old son in the Williamsville district. In 2018, he ran to represent the district, but the incumbent took the seat.

A Senior Web Developer at a local small business, Cinanni also volunteers at the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market and takes care of the Compton Park community garden. “I am also currently the vice chair for the City of Kingston Committee of Adjustment and attend the Williamsville Community Association meetings,” he said.

Cinanni and his family like to go for walks in their neighbourhood and spend time together as a family. When asked for a “fun fact,” Cinanni said, “I grow hot peppers and enjoy cooking with them. I also make my own hot sauce. I have once eaten the world’s hottest pepper.”

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

I like municipal politics because there are no parties and you are closer to the people you represent.

What made you want to run in this municipal election?

Municipal politics has always been my interest, I love our neighbourhood, and want to do something that helps the people in our community.

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

  1. Safety: Speeding throughout the district, and the need for traffic calming, road, sidewalk, and bike lane conditions, missing street signs.
  2. Housing: Affordable Housing, proper development and zoning for specific areas, and taxes too high making it harder to afford to live in their homes, especially those on fixed income.
  3. Environment: Preserving green space, adding greenspace, and increasing our tree canopy.  

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

  1. Housing affordability: Many of us have been priced out of the market, making finding a new place to rent an impossible task.
  2. Neighbourhood safety: There is too much speeding, the road, sidewalk and bike lane conditions are horrible, and some areas are in need of lighting at night.
  3. We need growth to keep taxes down: We need to make sure we have good-paying jobs here in Kingston and that we support our local businesses to grow and succeed.

What is the most pressing issue in your district?

Neighbourhood safety, speeding, traffic calming, road, sidewalk and bike lane conditions.

What do you feel sets you apart from other candidates?

What sets me apart is my experience serving on committees, boards, and community volunteering in the district. I am very accessible, approachable, kind, and love to help others. I am often found around the neighbourhood and spend almost 100 per cent of my day in the District (if only there was a grocery store in Williamsville).

To find out more about Vincent Cinanni, candidate for Williamsville District in the City of Kingston 2022 municipal election, visit his website, Facebook or Instagram page. He can also be reached by telephone at 343-580-1498 and by email at [email protected].

With files from Cris Vilela.

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