Ward One Race Heats Up

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Derek Crowell, a Sault Ste. Marie Realtor®,today filed nomination papers and will be running as a candidate for city council in Ward 1 in the October 27th municipal election.

“When I look at the current composition of council, I donʼt see my generation being represented,” said Crowell when asked why he was placing his name on the ballot. “I also see a lack of representation for small business, which drives the local economy.”

Crowell also cited several contentious issues which have affected day-to-day life of his fellow Ward 1 residents – such as the water treatment plant odour, poor quality drinking water, major road closures, and the recent proposal to move a branch of the city library into a space leased to a private business within the John Rhodes Centre – as reasons for his candidacy.

“There appears to be a disconnect between the will of the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie,and the direction Council has taken on a number of initiatives. The taxpayers of the city deserve to have their views represented within Council chambers instead of having to fight against decisions made behind closed doors.” Crowell, a Nova Scotia native, moved to Sault Ste. Marie in 2002 with his wife Natasha to raise their family. “Sault Ste. Marie is a wonderful city and my wife and I made the
decision that this is where we wanted to raise our children.”

Crowell has been involved as a volunteer with a variety of minor sports, presently as a Pee Wee hockey coach. He has also twice served as president of the Sault Ste. Marie Real Estate Board and currently sits on the Government Relations Committee for the Ontario Real Estate Association.

For more on who’s running and who’s not go https://saultonline.com/2014/09/more-names-on-the-ballot/