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Jay Aissa confirms he will run for Chair of Waterloo Region

Head of the Coalition Stop Waterloo LRT, Jay Aissa has confirmed to 570 News, he will file his papers next week to run for the position of Regional Chair.

Aissa withdrew a court application to fight the light rail transit project earlier this year, citing a focus on the upcoming municipal election.

“One of the first things we’d like to change is to allocate that money from the LRT, where I still believe is the wrong investment” says Aissa. “And invest it into rapid buses. I think that’s where our best money for our return on our money is, is to invest in our infrastructure of cities.”

Aissa confirms that he’ll be filing papers early next Thursday or Friday morning with his wife.

“I work seven days a week, I’m not scared of working. I start every morning at seven and I don’t go to sleep until 10 or 11 at night” says Aissa. “I’m constantly 7 days a week, 24 hours. This is what you need to take on a job like this. You’re going to need to invest a lot of hours. To me, with all the people, and all the support I got from the coalition, I think I deserve to go back there, and fight back, and see if I can change the way the system is put together, and try to make the best investment for our region.”

Aissa will have stiff pro-ION competition, as current Regional Chair, Ken Seiling, is running for re-election.

To listen to the full interview with Jay Aissa, click below: