Vince Riccio Declares for Candidacy for Mayor of Thunder Bay

Don Rusnak addressing Liberal members at Nomination Meeting in Thunder Bay
Vince Riccio and his team at nomination meeting for Thunder Bay Rainy River Liberals
Don Rusnak addressing Liberal members at Nomination Meeting in Thunder Bay
Vince Riccio and his team at the nomination meeting for Thunder Bay-Rainy River Liberals

THUNDER BAY – Eight years ago, Vince Riccio ran for City Council. Last federal election the youthful Riccio ran for the federal Liberal nomination in Thunder Bay-Rainy River. Today, April 1st, 2018 he appears set for the next step in his political career.

Riccio shares: Despite my best efforts to stay away, I have been drawn in once again to the circle and ring that is politics. As Michael Corleone once stated in the Godfather, “just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” That is why I announce today my run for the highest political office in Thunder Bay – and no, I don’t mean the manager of the coming government run Ontario Cannabis stores.

There is so much I could outline and say in this first post as a vision for the region and city, however I cannot. In fact, people have asked me “why so serious?” How can you not be when you make a decision such as this?

I tell them, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

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As with any election, you never know how you’re going to fare and you never can count on any poll except the one on Election Day. I am optimistic, but life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.

My platform as Mayor will be one which articulates a path which will lead Thunder Bay to a new generation. Making sure that our provincial and federal partners will support our projects to grow this community.

“In fact, I’ll make them an offer they can’t refuse.” We need a mayor that is willing to say, loud and proud, “Show me the money, Jerry! Show me the money!”

The amount of growth and development this city requires and will see if elected mayor will be unprecedented. You’ll look at your friends and remark, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

As citizens, we should be proud to call this city home and the citizens deserve that right. “You’ve got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?” I’m sure the answer will be, yes.

You’re probably asking yourself “Surely, he can’t be serious?” I’m telling you.

I am serious and don’t call me Shirley.

But in all fairness, I am kidding and all joking aside, I am not announcing any campaign to become the next mayor of Thunder Bay.

This was an April Fools ?

What isn’t a joke, is the opportunity we have to elect our next slate on council. Don’t mess it up and ensure you make a wise choice. Because I don’t “pity no fool” who doesn’t vote or doesn’t think their vote counts!

Happy Easter and April Fools!

Vince Riccio

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