Elliott Frankl Wants to Bring Change to Vaughan Council

Published: January 25th 2010

Elliott Frankl
Yehuda Shahaf

Longtime Thornhill resident Elliott Frankl is hoping that when it comes to his bid for a seat on Vaughan council, the third time is the charm.


A candidate in two previous municipal elections for Ward 5 in Thornhill, Frankl’s current campaign for the Ward 4 council seat is already getting off to an impressive start.


Shalom Life is pleased to announce that Frankl has been endorsed by Yehuda Shahaf, well-known in Thornhill’s Israeli community as a veteran of two previous municipal election campaigns.


Shahaf, a retired IDF Lt. Col. and the former head logistics officer of Israel’s civil defense system, which provides support to 50,000 soldiers, has lived in Thornhill since immigrating to Canada in 1993. He ran against Frankl in the 2004 and 2006 elections in Ward 5 and is endorsing Frankl’s campaign because he said the area needs new blood and a fresh perspective.


“Elliott Frankl’s attitude can help the system work better for the residents in his area,” said Shahaf.


Shahaf added that he is somewhat leery of a husband and wife team having control over a big part of the City of Vaughan – former Thornhill MPP Mario Racco, who is so far running for mayor uncontested,  is married to Sandra Yeung Racco, the current Ward 4 Councillor.


“I think it’s wrong to leave the city in the hands of one family. The most important job – the mayor– and one of the councillors should not be controlled by one family. We have to split it,” said Shahaf.


Frankl, a small business owner, published author and member of the UJA Federation Jewish Chamber of Commerce, said that Shahaf’s endorsement is important to him as a Jewish resident of Thornhill.


“Having got to know Lt. Col. Shahaf over the past six years, I am very pleased that someone of his stature offered to endorse me,” said Frankl. “Shahaf’s endorsement emphasizes the importance of having a representative on Vaughan Council that truly understands the issues of the Jewish/Israeli community. This is something that Shahaf and myself have discussed for many years.”


Besides running a sports marketing business, Frankl has served on a variety of local and provincial boards and councils, including the York Regional Police Community Crime Prevention Committee and the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce. He was recently given a provincial appointment to the Ontario Business Council, where he represents small business.


He recalls deciding that politics might be his thing a number of years ago when he successfully appealed what he and his neighbours considered out of sync property tax rates on their street.


“I’ve represented people with property taxes and on police committees, and I think the next step is to represent people on Vaughan council. I’ve always had the desire to do whatever I can to improve the area.”


So far, Frankl has been spending the early days of the contest speaking to area residents, especially families and seniors, about what matters most to them.


“In the area of Thornhill Woods and Lebovic Campus and Dufferin Hills, you have a lot of younger families and I understand their needs and their wants for the area because I’m in my 30s. I can relate to them,” he said.


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