Robert Peace swears he will be ‘full-time’ mayor

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Robert Peace vows to become full-time mayor if he tops four other challengers to succeed Christian Provenzano this fall.

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He joined Rolling Pictures in 2020 when the post-production facility opened a store in Sault Ste. Marie and was named president of Rolling North, a new production and multimedia company, less than a month ago. But he will leave this position if he wins at the end of October.

I don’t believe it’s a part-time job and I won’t take it as a part-time job,” Peace said to applause during his campaign launch at the Mane Street Salon on Thursday night.

He wondered how prepared other mayoral candidates would be if they took on day jobs in addition to being mayor.

While other candidates may talk about knowing what it’s like to work and living an 18 hour workday at their company, I wonder how many hours would be left to represent you at city hall said Peace. “I don’t have this problem. I’m all yours.”

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A former special assistant to Ontario Premier Bill Davis and executive assistant to former Education Minister Larry Grossman, Peace has never previously held political office. He acknowledges “that there will undoubtedly be a certain learning curve” to occupy the seat of mayor, but while devoting all his working hours to the service of the municipality, it is a plus.

I think being a full-time mayor might give someone the time to really get to know all the departments personally, meet people personally, maybe personally motivate city staff about what they’re doing Peace told the Sault Star.

Attracting “young people and families” to the community is a priority for the father of a child. He calls the city’s goal of 100,000 people by 2037 a “good goal.

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We’ll have real problems if we don’t get more people. Who is going to be here to pay for anything, even the basics. I think it’s a good target. I don’t think it’s realistic to try to aim much higher at this point. There’s no point in promising something and then people show up and they’re disappointed.

He wants housing, health care, recreational opportunities, and artistic and cultural offerings to be accessible to newcomers. Peace looks to young adults to recruit other young faces into the community.

I think we need people to bring young people here,” Peace said. “We need messengers. The best messengers are other people who are like you.

He chastised Sault residents who criticized out-of-town real estate investors who were buying homes, daring them to put their own money in to buy residential units.

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I don’t want to hear complaints that in a free market where anyone can buy a house, poor us, someone from southern Ontario is buying all the houses,” Peace said. “What if we made people walk and bought them? »

He challenged community members to get involved in the municipality and not expect elected officials to do the work on their own.

Too many people look to their leaders to do all the work,” he said. “Leaders can lead and light the flame, but it’s the citizens who have to make things happen. If you sit down and let others run your life, you’ll get what most people get – the political club or network running the show. We must take personal responsibility, and then we must all be part of this change.

Peace volunteered to help Ukrainian refugees entering Romania this spring. He was impressed by their efforts to solve the problems on their own with “little or no help” from the government.

They worked together to improve the lives of their fellow citizens,” Peace said. “We can do the same here.”
He came away from that experience wondering “what is the next service I could do”.

Peace told his fans he “saw the positives, the potential (in Sault Ste. Marie). I also saw the dark side.

His campaign is managed by Ron Marks, a former Sault Star ad salesman.

Ozzie Grandinetti, Donna Hilsinger, Tobin Kern and Matthew Shoemaker are also running for mayor. The municipal election is in October. 24.

btkelly@postmedia.com

On Twitter: @Saultreporter

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