Mountain councillor Tom Jackson not to seek federal nomination.

News Jun 01, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Hamilton Mountain councillor Tom Jackson has decided Ward 6 will remain his political home for now.

Jackson, who last fall won his ninth term on city council, said he is not seeking the Hamilton Mountain federal Liberal nomination.

“At the end of the day it was not an easy decision,” says Jackson. “I appreciate the opportunity and support the local Liberals have given me.”

Jackson did challenge incumbent federal Liberal MP Beth Phinney in the 2004 federal election as a Conservative candidate, but placed third behind Phinney and NDP candidate Chris Charlton.

Jackson said there were a number of reasons why he will remain the Ward 6 councillor, including the work of campaigning for another election so soon after completing a successful political campaign; among his core group of supporters, there were divergent views about him seeking higher office that caused him to re-think seeking the nomination.

Jackson easily won his re-election for councillor last fall collecting 7,886 votes, followed by Dan Rodrigues with 1,125 and Brad Olynchuk with 745 votes.

The veteran councillor said that since Ward 7 councillor Scott Duvall is the Hamilton Mountain federal NDP candidate that also played a role – but not the deciding factor – in his decision.

“I have a lot of respect for Scott,” said Jackson.

He said there still is a lot of work to do at the municipal level, including improving the local infrastructure, traffic issues, and fighting to maintain school board lands.

And there are other city-wide issues that have captured his interest, such as the soon-to-be constructed light-rail transit system, the redevelopment of the waterfront, and the growth of the airport lands now that the Ontario Municipal Board appeals have been completed.

“My municipal plate is full,” said Jackson.

As he contemplated a run for federal office, Jackson said he would have talked about Canada Post eliminating door-to-door delivery, preserving the steelworkers’ pensions as U.S. Steel goes through its financial restructure, and fixing the city’s infrastructure.

The Hamilton Mountain Federal Liberals already have a crowded field of candidates composes of teacher Shaun Burt, Jan Park Dorsay, and lawyer Bruno Uggenti. A nomination meeting has yet to be scheduled.

Jackson said he considers himself a Liberal now after running as a Conservative 11 years ago, believing the Tories are not reflecting the policies that are important to Canadians.

When asked if Jackson has any future aspirations to higher office, he said: “Not this year, not at this time.”

 

 

Mountain councillor Tom Jackson not to seek federal nomination.

News Jun 01, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Hamilton Mountain councillor Tom Jackson has decided Ward 6 will remain his political home for now.

Jackson, who last fall won his ninth term on city council, said he is not seeking the Hamilton Mountain federal Liberal nomination.

“At the end of the day it was not an easy decision,” says Jackson. “I appreciate the opportunity and support the local Liberals have given me.”

Jackson did challenge incumbent federal Liberal MP Beth Phinney in the 2004 federal election as a Conservative candidate, but placed third behind Phinney and NDP candidate Chris Charlton.

Jackson said there were a number of reasons why he will remain the Ward 6 councillor, including the work of campaigning for another election so soon after completing a successful political campaign; among his core group of supporters, there were divergent views about him seeking higher office that caused him to re-think seeking the nomination.

Jackson easily won his re-election for councillor last fall collecting 7,886 votes, followed by Dan Rodrigues with 1,125 and Brad Olynchuk with 745 votes.

The veteran councillor said that since Ward 7 councillor Scott Duvall is the Hamilton Mountain federal NDP candidate that also played a role – but not the deciding factor – in his decision.

“I have a lot of respect for Scott,” said Jackson.

He said there still is a lot of work to do at the municipal level, including improving the local infrastructure, traffic issues, and fighting to maintain school board lands.

And there are other city-wide issues that have captured his interest, such as the soon-to-be constructed light-rail transit system, the redevelopment of the waterfront, and the growth of the airport lands now that the Ontario Municipal Board appeals have been completed.

“My municipal plate is full,” said Jackson.

As he contemplated a run for federal office, Jackson said he would have talked about Canada Post eliminating door-to-door delivery, preserving the steelworkers’ pensions as U.S. Steel goes through its financial restructure, and fixing the city’s infrastructure.

The Hamilton Mountain Federal Liberals already have a crowded field of candidates composes of teacher Shaun Burt, Jan Park Dorsay, and lawyer Bruno Uggenti. A nomination meeting has yet to be scheduled.

Jackson said he considers himself a Liberal now after running as a Conservative 11 years ago, believing the Tories are not reflecting the policies that are important to Canadians.

When asked if Jackson has any future aspirations to higher office, he said: “Not this year, not at this time.”

 

 

Mountain councillor Tom Jackson not to seek federal nomination.

News Jun 01, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Hamilton Mountain councillor Tom Jackson has decided Ward 6 will remain his political home for now.

Jackson, who last fall won his ninth term on city council, said he is not seeking the Hamilton Mountain federal Liberal nomination.

“At the end of the day it was not an easy decision,” says Jackson. “I appreciate the opportunity and support the local Liberals have given me.”

Jackson did challenge incumbent federal Liberal MP Beth Phinney in the 2004 federal election as a Conservative candidate, but placed third behind Phinney and NDP candidate Chris Charlton.

Jackson said there were a number of reasons why he will remain the Ward 6 councillor, including the work of campaigning for another election so soon after completing a successful political campaign; among his core group of supporters, there were divergent views about him seeking higher office that caused him to re-think seeking the nomination.

Jackson easily won his re-election for councillor last fall collecting 7,886 votes, followed by Dan Rodrigues with 1,125 and Brad Olynchuk with 745 votes.

The veteran councillor said that since Ward 7 councillor Scott Duvall is the Hamilton Mountain federal NDP candidate that also played a role – but not the deciding factor – in his decision.

“I have a lot of respect for Scott,” said Jackson.

He said there still is a lot of work to do at the municipal level, including improving the local infrastructure, traffic issues, and fighting to maintain school board lands.

And there are other city-wide issues that have captured his interest, such as the soon-to-be constructed light-rail transit system, the redevelopment of the waterfront, and the growth of the airport lands now that the Ontario Municipal Board appeals have been completed.

“My municipal plate is full,” said Jackson.

As he contemplated a run for federal office, Jackson said he would have talked about Canada Post eliminating door-to-door delivery, preserving the steelworkers’ pensions as U.S. Steel goes through its financial restructure, and fixing the city’s infrastructure.

The Hamilton Mountain Federal Liberals already have a crowded field of candidates composes of teacher Shaun Burt, Jan Park Dorsay, and lawyer Bruno Uggenti. A nomination meeting has yet to be scheduled.

Jackson said he considers himself a Liberal now after running as a Conservative 11 years ago, believing the Tories are not reflecting the policies that are important to Canadians.

When asked if Jackson has any future aspirations to higher office, he said: “Not this year, not at this time.”