Ward 10 councillor, Paul Borrelli, is pictured at the Northwood Street and Dominion Blvd. intersection on Nov. 28, 2014.
Dax Melmer / Windsor Star
Former city councillor Paul Borrelli, also a past Conservative party member, wants to become a Liberal member of parliament.Borrelli, who lost his Ward 10 seat in last year’s municipal election after one term, said he is seeking a nomination to become the Liberal candidate in Windsor West.“I’m running basically for altruistic reasons just to help Windsor,” said Borrelli. “We need representation. That’s essentially it in a nutshell.“Unless you have representation at the governing table, you don’t really have a voice. We’ve been excluded for 18 years since Herb Gray. Basically, we’ve been put out on the side burner, so to speak. The old cliche that Ontario stops in London, there’s some reality to that because we just don’t get enough here.”Doug Sartori, president of the Windsor West Liberal Riding Association, said “multiple” people have expressed interested in being a candidate.“As of right now, there are no candidates green-lit in Windsor West,” he said. “A nomination process has not started.”Sartori said he didn’t know when the process will begin.“The determination of the time of the nomination contest is up to the central party,” said Sartori. “Certainly, we have input. I don’t expect it to be a long time. My understanding is the green light process is underway for multiple candidates. Once that process is completed we’ll likely see a call pretty quickly. But it could take weeks or months.”Al Teshuba with the Conservative Windsor West riding association — and Borrelli’s former municipal campaign manager — announced this week his party is accepting applications for candidate nominees. The deadline is April 21.The Conservative Party will hold its candidate nomination night on May 12 starting at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Huron Church Road.The next federal election will take place in October.Borrelli, a former financial agent for the Conservative party, is the first person to publicly state an intention to run as a Liberal in Windsor West.“I’ve been a Liberal all my life but I did basically look at the Conservatives for a while,” said Borrelli. “But that was a short while.”Borrelli said the issues he plans to address include tackling the opioid crisis, creating a growth strategy for Windsor’s manufacturing sector, and making the city a transportation hub.“If I do become a candidate, I will try my best to change Windsor and make sure Windsor is a place that will be recognized in the future,” said Borrelli. “As we all know, Windsor with the bridge and all that is the gateway to Canada. We deserve as much of the taxpayer dollars to help Windsor get to a different level.”firstname.lastname@example.org