Friday, 05 February 2021 19:00
Estonian Life No. 5 2021
TORONTO, Jan. 6, 2021 — Former City Councillor Mary Fragedakis will seek the Ontario Liberal Party nomination in Toronto-Danforth, vowing to fight for small business and strong local communities.
“Our province needs experienced leaders who understand how to get things done,” said Fragedakis. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us just how important it is to be represented by people who understand the importance of local businesses and local concerns - and I plan to be a voice for my community and those whose lives have been most impacted by the decisions of the Ford government.”
Mary is currently the Executive Director of GreekTown on the Danforth BIA and served as City Councillor for the riding of Toronto-Danforth (Ward 29) from 2010 until 2018, when the Ford government redrew Toronto’s electoral map.
As a City Councillor, she worked with her colleagues across the political spectrum, building consensus around real solutions that helped improve people’s lives.
A vocal champion of public transit, she served on the Board of the TTC, where she helped usher in the 2-hour TTC Transfer Policy, increase the TTC budget to ease overcrowding and was a strong supporter of the Downtown Relief Line.
She believes fiercely that government must invest in opportunity, cultural vibrancy, education and long term care, and has served on the boards of the Toronto Public Library, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Zoo, Harbourfront Centre and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, and is a current Board member of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA).
“The success of main street small business is fundamentally tied to the well-being and success of the community as a whole,” said Fragedakis. “As a member of a Liberal government, I will ensure that we rebuild Ontario from the strength of our local neighbourhoods.”
Mary holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and completed the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management.
A lifelong progressive, Fragedakis understands that Toronto residents want real solutions, and leaders who have achieved real impact in people’s lives.
“The challenges we face are too serious for us to continue to vote for people who don’t know how to fight and win on behalf of their residents,” said Fragedakis. “This riding is ready for change and it needs an MPP who can deliver housing, education and transit solutions that will strengthen our neighbourhoods and our province, while taking care of our most vulnerable friends and neighbours.”