Aldo DiCarlo. (Photo courtesy of DiCarlo's campaign)Aldo DiCarlo. (Photo courtesy of DiCarlo's campaign)

Amherstburg mayor not running for re-election

Amherstburg's mayor will not be seeking re-election in the next municipal election.

Aldo DiCarlo made the announcement about his decision this week.

"It's really a personal issue based on time with the family," said DiCarlo. "What really brought it to light was the pandemic. It was during that time that I started to reflect and look back. I realized I did not have a lot of time to spend with my family."

DiCarlo was first elected into the role in 2014 and was re-elected again in 2018.

Now that his time as mayor has an end date, DiCarlo said he's proud of the work achieved during his time in office.

His proudest accomplishment, he said, goes back to the reason why he ran in the first place.

"Most people remember how poor financially we [Amherstburg] were in 2014," said DiCarlo. "The goal at that point was to find a new direction for the town, get our finances in check, and rebuild."

According to DiCarlo, the town's cash balance was around $2 million and it had $46 million in long-term debt.

"Now we are sitting a little over $20 million," said DiCarlo. "That's not just the story. We paid down our long-term debt and we started increasing the money that we were investing in infrastructure that had been neglected for years."

This year, DiCarlo said the town will be investing over $20 million in infrastructure.

Projects DiCarlo is looking forward to seeing finished include converting 72 Murray Street into a boutique hotel with eight themed rooms, commercial space, and a rooftop terrace.

The second project is expanding the south end of the Kings Navy Yard Park.

"Those are a couple of things in the short-term that would be nice to see," said DiCarlo.

Anyone thinking of running in the upcoming municipal election, either for council or school board trustee, the nomination period opens this Monday.

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