Tone Marrone, Candidate for Ward 9 in Hamilton Municipal Election 2014

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NameMarrone, Tone
ElectionHamilton Municipal Election 2014
AreaWard 09
Email tonemarrone@gmail.com
Website http://www.tonemarrone.ca
BioBorn Antoni Marrone at St Joseph’s Hospital on October 8th, 1961, Tone Marrone was the 7th son, and last of 10 children born to Sabina and Francesco Marrone. Immigrating to Canada in the early fifties, Sabina and Francesco raised their family in Hamilton’s North End near Sherman Ave. Tone attended St. Ann’s Elementary School, and then went on to Scott Park and Cathedral High school, where he graduated. After High School he attended Concordia University in Montreal where he majored in political science.


Tone’s strong passion for sports began at an early age, and his leadership qualities became his trademark. He captained every team he played on, and motivated his teammates with his ‘never-quit’ attitude and dogged determination.

Tone participated in many different sports in his youth, and was a star athlete throughout his childhood. His dream of one day playing professional football came true when the Tiger Cats selected him with their first pick in the C.F.L. draft in 1984. Although his playing career was cut short by injures, his passion for the sport lived on. He soon began coaching football at Ancaster High school—where he discovered he loved coaching even more than playing. He guided every team he coached to the championship game, compiling a sensational record. His success did not go unnoticed, and he soon began coaching university ball at St. Mary’s University. However, with a young family back in Hamilton, Tone eventually let go of his passion for coaching so he could spend more time with his children.

Family Life

Tone and his wife Denise raised four beautiful children: Sabina, Anthony, Veronica and Oriana. Tone spent a great deal of time with his children as they grew up, and he has maintained a great relationship with his children. Following his sports career, Tone has had a variety of other job descriptions in his life—ranging from bricklayer to educational assistant to youth social worker, and most recently, as greens keeper at Hamilton’s municipal golf courses— and all of them were in his beloved Hamilton.

Acting Career

Tone began acting by chance, when a teacher buddy he worked with asked him if he wanted to make some extra money over the holidays by being a bodyguard for someone. Little did he know that the bodyguard role was on the set of the television show Boogie’s Diner, which was set up in the CHCH building downtown.

Being a special service extra on set, Tone got to ‘rub elbows’ with all the stars and the director. He became enamoured with the lavish atmosphere, and decided to get an agent and begin auditioning for parts. After a number of ‘bit parts’, Tone got his first break when a director liked him so much that he cast him as a principal in an Ultramatic Bed Commercial. It did not take long before he became the company’s spokesperson, and he began filming additional spots. Strangely enough, his commercials have a huge cult-following and continue to be played nation-wide.

His biggest professional opportunity came some years later when he received a phone call from his best buddy. His friend’s barber shop had been picked as a location for a History Channel production called Mob Stories 2, which was a series of docudramas chronicling the lives of notorious Canadian underworld figures. Tone went to Atlantis Alliance Studios in Toronto, and was given the part immediately. Since appearing in the Mob Stories series, Tone has had roles in various productions, including Cold Case Murder Mysteries and Forensic Factor.


Tone began screenwriting with his great friend and writing mentor, Peter Tassi. In 1999 Peter realized Tone’s gift for story-telling and asked if he would collaborate on a screenplay based on a good friend of Peter’s father. “The Beast” was a story set in the 1950s about the son of an Italian immigrant who leaves the comforts of home to pursue a life in professional wrestling. Tone and Peter later collaborated on another script in 2006 entitled, “Canoe”, which found its way to Kevin Costner. Most recently, Tone and Peter have been contemplating their third project together.

Mayoral Campaign in 2010

Even though Tone was a political science major in university, and his brother Albert was Deputy Mayor of Stoney Creek, he never really thought of running for political office. It wasn’t until Tone felt the city was in desperate need of strong and passionate leadership that he decided to put his name in the mayoral race of 2010. Even though his decision to run was made at the ‘last minute’, and his campaign had no financial resources and just a few volunteers, Tone managed a very respectable campaign by finishing in the top one-third of candidates.

Representing Ward 9 in Stoney Creek

With passion, vision and a strength of character, Tone will represent the Ward 9 community with a strong voice at City Hall. He would love to meet every resident in the area, listen to their needs, and honour their trust through by his dedication of service.

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Responses to Questions (top)

QuestionBrief ResponseFull Response
Do you support the use of participatory budgeting to allow ward residents to propose and vote on local capital projects? Yes the publics voice and concern is always needed......
Do you support an expanded role for Hamilton to provide more affordable housing? If so, what should Hamilton do? Maybe
The City's Cycling Master Plan is up for review. Do you support improving the plan to speed the installation of cycling facilities and provide more high-quality protected infrastructure like the new Cannon Street cycle track? Yes being a cyclist,i`m in favor of bike lanes
Do you believe Hamilton should do more to protect and enhance its built heritage? Yes definitely,it broke my heart to see the partial demolition of the church on james and jackson,awful
Do you believe City Hall should be more accessible to Hamilton residents? If so, what steps would you take to achieve this? No city hall is very accessible,council meetings are open to public,its the councillors job to keep constuents informed...
The Province plans to allow municipalities to use ranked ballots in future elections. If so, will you vote to adopt ranked ballots in Hamilton? Maybe ranked ballots need more discussion..
Do you support the city's plan to build an east-west light rail transit (LRT) line with full capital funding from the Province? No i'm not in favor of lrt on the basis that it will cripple the business sector,serve a fraction of the community and it should not be a priority in discussions when there are so many pressing issues like infrastructure and economic development that should be prioritized.
The Province has shelved a proposal to build a mid-peninsula highway from Niagara Falls or Fort Erie around Hamilton to connect with Hwy 401 or 407 north of Burlington. Do you agree with the Province's decision to put its development on hold? Yes theres no need for the corridor as i see it,i drive my daughter to Brock weekly,never a problem...
Do you support implementing a Vision Zero for Hamilton, with a goal of eliminating all pedestrian and cyclist deaths on our streets? If so, what specific actions would you take to implement this policy, and if not, why? Yes any time someone dies riding or walking its a trgedy.i almost died 5 years ago riding my bike.theres always hope for mankind when you see him on a bike...
Do you support converting more of Hamilton's one-way thoroughfares into complete, two-way streets that support walking, cycling and transit? No i'm not in favor of turning obe way streets into two way streets.it 's bad for the enviroment as well as time travel.Hamiltons traffic flow was never a problem,as a matter of fact,our streets worked extremely efficiently before,they don`t anymore.