Just over 18 years ago, I volunteered on my first Richmond Hill community committee.
Ever since, I have dedicated myself to being active and involved in making Richmond Hill the best city it can be.
In January of this year, I was honoured to be elected as your mayor, a position that has allowed me to represent all the residents of Richmond Hill and with your support, I would like to serve you for another term.
Exciting things are happening right now in Richmond Hill that will strengthen our future as a community. As a member of council for over eight years, it has been a guiding principle of mine to actively participate in making Richmond Hill a great community in which all of us can live, work and play.
There are challenges ahead, driven by growth and change. These challenges demand a steady hand. In this time in the city’s history, strong leadership matters. I have a proven track record in leading Richmond Hill in a positive direction.
By continuing to work collaboratively with council, our city staff, community groups, business owners, and you, the residents of this wonderful city, we can forge a future that will make us proud.
Once again, I hope that I can count on your support. With you on my team, I truly believe that anything is possible.
The commitments I made to you when I was first elected have not changed.
Manage and balance our growth as
A healthy and environmentally sustainable community
A broad range of city services and programs delivered with fiscal responsibility
Positive, collaborative leadership
A welcoming community with opportunities for everyone
Community safety as a critical
element of future plans
A Mayor should protect his City – while at the same time guide it through growth, development and prosperity. This is what I worked hard at doing during my tenure as Mayor, and this is what David West has been doing as Mayor. As Ward 4 Councillor, a community activist, a long-time resident, and now as Mayor, he’s proven he is well-qualified, trusted and suited for the job.
A vote to re-elect David West on October 24, is a vote for stability, experience, and trust.
Dave Barrow, 1947 - 2022Resident, Richmond Hill , Former Mayor
I’ve known David West for over 25 years and am pleased to endorse him as a candidate for re-election as mayor of Richmond Hill. David has been a successful business owner and active community volunteer for many years and served as my Ward Councillor from 2013 until he was elected mayor in the January 2022 by-election. Since his election David has consistently demonstrated the wisdom of Richmond Hill in choosing him as our mayor. David’s steady leadership has led to a noticeable improvement in the conduct of our city council. Everything he has done reflects thoughtful analysis and decisive decision making, informed by a highly ethical character. He is a reliable leader who respects the views of others and who has demonstrated the strength of character needed to continue his service as our mayor. Once again, I encourage you to support the David West campaign and to vote for him on October 24, 2022.
David BishopFellow of CPA Ontario and former Ward 4 Councillor
Since winning a Richmond Hill Business Achievement Award for his family business in 2004, David West worked hard as a member of the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Government Affairs Committee, working to support and promote businesses in Richmond Hill.
David served first as the Government Affairs Committee Chair and then the Chair of the Board for the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce in 2009/2010.
During this time, David met with Richmond Hill business leaders and government representatives to collaborate and ensure that the needs of business owners were recognized and supported. He actively presented policy resolutions through the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Chamber of Commerce Policy Process and brought the needs of Richmond Hill businesses to the attention of government and elected representatives from all over Ontario and across Canada.
David continues to participate on the Richmond Hill Board of Trade Government Affairs Committee with local businesses representatives, helping to support businesses in Richmond Hill.
I absolutely support David West’s re-election for Mayor of Richmond Hill.
Leslie Walker (formerly Whidden)CEO Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce 2001-2015
You will bring alive a vibrant vision for Richmond Hill. One that’s built with nature and the environment at the forefront and incorporates the historical and cultural aspects of our beautiful community.
I look forward to seeing you continue as our Mayor.
Natasha KhanResident, Richmond Hill
I have known David West for more than thirty years. Throughout that time, he has been the official photographer for many family events and an advisor to Chorus York, the choir that my husband and I co-founded in 2016. I believe it is important to have a mayor who is a strong supporter of arts and culture. Supporting the diverse cultural activities in our community builds unity and understanding among our citizens. At this critical point in our development, as we grow in size and diversity, the newly formed City of Richmond Hill needs someone with a vision for our multicultural future. David has proven to be a strong supporter of arts and culture and, for many years, served on the advisory boards of a number of arts and culture organizations.
In support of the environment, David promoted the communal consultation process for the Official Plan update, the Mill Pond Park Revitalization, and other community development projects through neighbourhood Town Halls and surveys.
In his role as Mayor of the City of Richmond Hill David has proven his ability to control previously unruly members of council who have consistently disrupted meetings, wasted council time, and prevented the passing of important legislation.
More recently, David has been supportive in the council vote to bring the City of Richmond Hill into the Charter of Compassion, a growing international movement to promote compassion and diversity. Richmond Hill is the first municipality in York Region take this important step.
At this time, we need a mayor who truly represents the citizens of Richmond Hill, someone who is willing to listen to our requests and act in our best interests. I believe David is the right person for this job. He is man of honesty and integrity. He is approachable and has excellent communication skills. I have complete faith in his ability to lead us in the direction our community needs to go.
Mary-Lou MontgrainResident, Richmond Hill
David West is my choice to continue as Mayor of Richmond Hill and I am happy to support his efforts to lead us to a better future. Most importantly, he has always understood the importance of environmental initiatives, specifically the Community and Energy Emissions Plan to help mitigate climate change. David West is well-spoken, caring, and highly dependable when discussing important issues. I appreciate his integrity and long-time community involvement.
Liz CoutureResident, Richmond Hill
When I met David some 30 years ago, he impressed me as a very dedicated community volunteer and successful local business owner. I also had the privilege of serving on Council with David and I could see that he effectively represented his constituents by bringing an intelligent and reasoned voice to Richmond Hill Council. He works well with City staff and other members of Council. He is respectful towards others and genuinely committed to good governance. In my experience working with David, he never made a decision without researching the issues and consulting with all stakeholders. He is articulate in communicating and notifying residents of council actions and decisions.
David exemplifies honesty, fairness, respect and leadership. David West is the most qualified candidate running for the office of Mayor.
Vito SpataforaFormer Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor Richmond Hill
"I've worked with every member of the current Council for years and David West is the only elected official in Richmond Hill who consistently shows respect for the Public's interests.
Our values are similar; David is well-known for his protection of our natural environment. He is also known for his support for our various arts groups. David is a strong community builder and can be seen greeting residents at many community functions.
Since Richmond Hill's by-election in January, David West has proven himself to be a responsible and respectable Mayor during these difficult times.
David West leads by example. He is a successful business owner and a caring family man.
On October 24th. please join me by voting: David West for Mayor."
Brenda Hogg, Regional and Local Councillor (Ret.)
Brenda HoggRegional and Local Councillor (Retired)
I have known Mayor David West for over 15 years. He served Richmond Hill as the Chair of the Board of Trade, Ward 4 Councillor and Mayor.
David brings a wealth of experience, dignity, and leadership to the office of the mayor. He is a team player and consensus builder, one who leads by example.
I am pleased to endorse his candidacy for re-election to the office of Mayor of Richmond Hill.
Dr. Reza MoridiResident, Richmond Hill
I have known David West for decades now and have come to know him as dependable, community and business minded and fair, with a knack for getting things done.
Since 2013, I have seen David in his councillor role as a consistent and reliable decision maker in Richmond Hill, offering his support to numerous businesses, community groups and organizations. And since David was elected Mayor, he has taken on the challenges of his leadership role with great determination and resolve, committed to serving the citizens and businesses of Richmond Hill with courage, integrity, compassion, understanding and pride.
I look forward to David continuing his role as Mayor in the same way, helping to shape the future of our great city of Richmond Hill. We can count on him!
Russ HornerResident, Richmond Hill
I have been part of the Richmond Hill Community for 53 years and have watched it grow from a small town to the fastest growing community in Canada. It takes rational, capable leadership, integrity, transparency, and a love of a community to be a great Mayor.
David West has all those attributes and more. David loves his community and is now and will be a wonderful Mayor we can be proud of for the next four years!
There is no one else I would vote for and re-elect as our Mayor in this next municipal election than David West.
Heidi Kreiner-LeyResident, Richmond Hill
I know well what it takes for someone to be a good Richmond Hill Mayor. You must connect with residents; share your time and knowledge with all service groups; want to be a part of all the wonderful diverse cultures we have in Richmond Hill and have time for everybody.
I think David West has all those qualities and experience. On October 24, we need to re-elect David as Mayor of Richmond Hill.
Tomye Anne Barrow Resident, Richmond Hill, Spouse of Former Mayor
I would like to take this opportunity to endorse David West as my choice for mayor of Richmond Hill. I first met David many years ago when he was an aspiring teacher. It was evident then that this confident, well spoken, dedicated young man would be successful in whatever endeavour he chose.
Since David became mayor, council has functioned much more efficiently. He has brought an intelligent and reasoned voice to the council chamber and has been able to develop a collaborative work environment.
David’s support of the history, culture and the arts in our community is commendable. He has demonstrated that he is a champion for environmental initiatives through his work with Monarch Butterflies, tree planting, climate change and many others. Diversity, inclusion, land acknowledgement and addressing multiculturalism has always been a priority for David.
Richmond Hill desperately needs a reliable, approachable, compassionate mayor with strength of character. David is that person. Please join me in voting for David West on October 24, 2022.