Sault Ste Marie ON- This morning, local reporter and community advocate Sara McCleary officially launched her bid to become a Sault Ste. Marie city councillor.
“The Sault has such amazing potential to be a fantastic place to live,” said McCleary. “But I firmly believe – as do the majority of Saultites from what I’ve been hearing – that it’s time for change at city hall to get the city to where it could be.”
McCleary is running to represent residents of Ward 4 because she believes that she can bring a lot of positive change to the community to add to the work she’s already been doing. In addition to her local reporting, she volunteers with local organizations and started her own nonprofit, We’ve Got This, to help eliminate the stigma surrounding addictions and mental illness in the Sault and encourage a sense of community.
“I’ve been trying to do my part to help the community because I really, truly care about the Sault and its future,” said McCleary. “After encouragement from a lot of people around town, I decided that running for city council is the best way for me to make an even greater impact.”
McCleary says that it’s time to get city councillors who understand the unique challenges facing youth and young adults.
“I think when you get older people on council – particularly when they haven’t had to job hunt in thirty or more years, their mortgages are paid off, and their children are all grown – they don’t really understand what life is like for the city’s young people. There’s no doubt in my mind that that’s a contributing factor to our out-migration issue.”
As the mother of two young children, McCleary believes our city’s decision makers have to be focused on the long-term when making decisions, not how it will impact election results in four years.
“The most important thing for me is making sure that the Sault is a good place for my children to grow up, and somewhere that young people want to live,” she said.
McCleary is happy to hear from residents regarding what they’d like to see discussed during the election campaign. She can be emailed at [email protected] or you can find her on Facebook at @SaraMcClearySault.