Ward 6 candidate: Sheila Martin


Why are you running?

I’m running because I want what is best for my community. I grew up in Chatham and I’ve spent most of my adult life living and working in the municipality. I want to be part of the decision-making process for this community. I’ve witnessed some decisions that were made in haste or without full disclosure, and I want to ensure money is spent wisely.

What are the key issues? 

The key issues are increasing property taxes, the Imagine CK project, the lack of doctors for over 20 per cent of our citizens, increasing poverty, and the importance of bringing industry and good-paying jobs to our community.

What do you hope to achieve if elected? 

I want Chatham-Kent to thrive, and I want to help make it happen. Something needs to be done with the downtown area and the old infrastructure. The Imagine CK project is the largest expenditure in the history of Chatham-Kent and must be what the taxpayers want. I would like tax increases to be kept to a minimum. I’m concerned for those on fixed incomes. I would like to help bring industry and good jobs to this community. Many of our citizens need a doctor. I want to be part of the solution.

What skills and experience do you bring?

I’m an accountant CPA and I have worked on budgets for many years in the private sector industry and a non-profit. My financial experience will benefit council.

I am also a teacher at two colleges, and I have volunteered for many years in the community. I am a person who is approachable, a good listener, and accountable in every job I do. I will be a good representative to the citizens of Chatham-Kent and I have their best interests at heart.


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