Drew Dilkens

Key Facts

– Born: 1972, Windsor Ontario
– Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Marketing, 1996-1997
– Elected City Councillor, Ward 1 2006
– Graduated University of Windsor Law School, called to the bar 2012
– Elected Mayor of Windsor 2015

“I’ve always enjoyed public service and volunteer work” declared a young Drew Dilkens during an early candidacy. A native of Windsor, Dilkens’ political career began in Vincent Massey Secondary School where he was vice president of the student council. As a Drew Dilkensuniversity undergraduate, Dilkens campaigned (unsuccessfully) for a municipal position on the board of the Windsor Utilities Commission (1991), and as a trustee for the Greater Essex County Public School Board (1994). Over the next decade, more runs for public office followed. At the same time, he was active in a number of civic and business organizations. In the 2006 election, Dilkens won a seat on Windsor City Council representing Ward I. During his two terms as councillor, Dilkens obtained a law degree, in addition to working in the private sector.

As the second decade of the new century began to unfold, the City of Windsor was troubled by high unemployment levels, decreasing population and a declining tax base.  Drew Dilkens ran for mayor in the municipal election of 2015 and won voter support due, in part, to his promise to continue his predecessor’s legacy of fiscal conservatism. Diversifying the economy, fixing the roads and sewers and improving the quality of life in Windsor are other goals set by Mayor Dilkens.

Sources:

Dawes, Rick. “Dilkens Launches Mayoral Campaign; Candidate Outlines 4-Point Platform.” The Windsor Star, Sep 08, 2014. Retrieved from Canadian Newstand (online database) http://search.proquest.com/docview/1560940665?accountid=31270.

“Mayor Drew Dilkens”. (website) City of Windsor. [Windsor, Ontario] http://www.citywindsor.ca/mayorandcouncil/Pages/Mayor-Drew-Dilkens.aspx

Schmidt, Doug. “Dilkens joins race for mayor: Councillor vows to hold line on taxes”. Windsor Star. August 5, 2015. Retrieved from Canadian Newsstand (newspaper database) http://search.proquest.com/docview/1551558470?accountid=31270.