Fred Eisenberger, Candidate for Mayor in Hamilton Municipal Election 2018
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|Election||Hamilton Municipal Election 2018|
|Bio||Born in Amsterdam, Fred immigrated with his family from The Netherlands when he was eight years old. They arrived in Hamilton by train, entering their new city through what is now Liuna Station on James Street North. His family settled in Hamilton’s east end, spending years growing up in affordable housing projects. Life wasn’t easy for newcomers to Canada, and Fred had to learn both English and the value of a dollar as his family worked to thrive in their new country.
An active young man, Fred attended Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School and graduated with honours from the urban planning program at Mohawk College, before pursuing a career in real estate. He also continued pursuing advanced studies in urban planning and development at the University of Waterloo and McMaster University. After marrying Diane, Fred spent four years as a stay-at-home dad for his two infant children, a role that he considers the hardest but most rewarding of his life. It wasn’t long, however, before Fred’s passion for public service led him to put his name on the ballot. After being elected in 1991 as City Councillor for Ward 5, Fred went on to serve three terms as a member of Hamilton’s City Council, leaving office in 2000.
Fred went on to serve as Chair of the Hamilton Port Authority before successfully running for mayor in 2006. After leaving office in 2010, Fred served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Urban Institute, where he gained a national voice on urban policy development.
Fred couldn’t stay away from public service, however, and in 2014 he was once again elected Mayor of Hamilton, becoming the longest-serving mayor since Hamilton’s amalgamation in 2001. Today, Fred is seeking a third mayoral term to ensure that his vision of a strong, vibrant, inclusive Hamilton is realized.
When he isn’t at City Hall, Fred enjoys spending time with his wife Diane, playing squash with friends, and being “Opa” to his young grandchild. He still lives in Hamilton’s east end.
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