June 12, 2024

While Bobbi Stewart may be a new face to the municipal regional council race, she is by no means a novice to the political scene. Stewart has been involved in local, provincial, and federal politics since the early 1990’s.

The Preston, Ont., resident is a well known member throughout her community, and with no incumbents running in the Cambridge regional council race the time is right for her to throw her hat into the ring.

She is seeking to be elected to one of the two vacant positions in the Cambridge regional council. Her fellow running mates are Doug Craig, Pam Wolf, Crystal Whetham, Tyler Calver, and Prakash Venkatearaman.

With a long career of 25 years in child protection and 14 years in crisis management, she has a lot of critical thinking skills and is seeking to apply them to regional politics.

She has run for politics in many facets in the past, running once provincially and twice federally in the last 11 years. The information of her past campaigns are all available online however that isn’t what she wants to focus on in her current campaign. She says she is running a non-partisan campaign and just trying to focus on improving people’s lives within the region, rather than focusing on political ideology.

That right there is what Bobbi’s campaign really boils down to. Helping people and improving their quality of life.

“How can I get the best out of people? I want to help people to be the best version of themselves that they can be. I don’t like the expression problem solving, I prefer to say meeting the challenge. I’m a positive person. I always do my best to look at people’s strengths before I criticize. I just love people.”

Some of Stewart’s campaign issues that she seeks to focus on if elected include the lack of affordable housing, the homelessness crisis, and providing drug addiction support via safe injection sites.

However Stewart made it very clear that this campaign isn’t about her, it’s about us. A team. She wants to be part of a team that’s able to work through some of the biggest challenges that we are facing.

Among the primary issues she outlined, Stewart is also focussed on creating liveable, sustainable, walkable neighbourhoods. As well as upgrading local transit and biking paths for Waterloo Region.

While she is the face of her campaign, she couldn’t be more thankful to those who have lent a hand to her during this campaign. 

“It’s all about the team. Nobody does this alone. I have an amazing campaign manager, Jose de Lima, as well as five or six other volunteers helping with signs and canvassing. It’s a real honour to have people lend their time to you like that.”

Bobbi Stewart is seeking to bring her passion, energy, and tenacity to local politics and is campaigning to be one of two new Cambridge regional councillors elected on Oct. 24.

Whether she will be among one of the two candidates from the field is yet to be determined.

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