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Demizio to represent Liberals in election

Fort Erie businessman Dean Demizio will be the local Liberal candidate in the Ontario general election June 7.

He was chosen to represent the party for the Niagara Falls riding Wednesday.

The post is currently held by Wayne Gates of the NDP who won the general election in 2014 following a short term after winning a byelection after Liberal Kim Craitor resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.

Demizio ran for mayor of Fort Erie in 2014. He has held the posts of president of the chamber of commerce, vice-president of the United Way and president of the soccer youth club. He also served on the boards of Community Living and the Fort Erie Multicultural Centre.

“I am passionate about this Premier’s (Kathleen Wynne) plan for fairness and opportunity. As a dad to two university-aged kids, bold moves like free tuition and free prescription medication for children and youth under 25 are policies that I know are life-changing for many members of our communities.”

Demizio was born and raised in Niagara Falls, earned a bachelor of science from the University of Guelph. He worked as a salesman in the pharmaceutical industry and most recently owns an insurance brokerage.

The riding includes Fort Erie, Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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