Meet Niagara-on-the-Lake Council Candidate Maria Mavridis

Maria Mavridis is a candidate for a seat on Niagara-on-the-Lake City Council in the 2022 municipal election. Mavridis is a longtime resident of the city whose family owns several businesses in Old Town on Queen Street.

Niagara This Week has contacted all candidates for Niagara-on-the-Lake City Council and Regional Council and asked them to complete the questionnaire below.

This is how candidate Maria Mavridis responded.

NAME: Maria Mavridis

OCCUPATION: Company owner

ADDRESS/DEPARTMENT: 23 Andres Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

CONTACT INFORMATION:

[email protected]

Website: mariamavridis.com

Instagram: maria.mavridis.notl

POSITION FOR WHICH YOU ARE RUNNING: Councilor of Niagara-on-the-Lake

PAST POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I have served on many for-profit and not-for-profit boards where I interacted with many levels of government on funding and policy issues, including the Niagara Nursery School Board, the Niagara Jazz Festival and the Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RUN?

I have lived in Niagara on the Lake for 30 years. My family has owned businesses on Queen Street for just as long. Over the years, the city has grown and evolved. Today, there is a divide between tourism and residents, with issues such as parking, noise, and short-term rentals.

HOW WILL YOU EMBRACE AND PROMOTE DIVERSITY IN THIS ROLE?

Listening to all parties, without subconscious biases and ensuring that every stakeholder is heard and understood. We are a community and all live and love this community.

WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MAIN PROBLEMS?

Work and finalize the tourism strategy, which is not about bringing more tourism to the city, but about how we will deal with issues such as parking now and in the future. To ensure that the heritage and culture of this city, as well as the agricultural lands, are protected and continue to be part of this community.

IF YOU ARE ELECTED, WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH IN YOUR FIRST 100 DAYS?

My first few months will be about listening, engaging and understanding where the board and staff are with current policies and issues, what they are currently working on and how we can finalize these outstanding items.

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Melissa C. Keyes