Get to Know Who's Running: Sarah Hamilton (Ward sipiwiyiniwak)
I’m running again because I want to continue to tackle these challenges, champion safety and resiliency for our businesses and community, and implement timely, impactful solutions for sustainable core services – building the best city for our collective success today and positioning us for an even brighter tomorrow.
I’m running because the last four years have shown me that leadership requires collaboration, bravery, ingenuity, and empathy.
I love our city, and our spirit of tenacity, innovation and creativity resonates deeply with me. We’re an innovative city that has a bright future ahead – and I’m running again because I will get us there.
Prior to my time on City Council, I worked in provincial and federal politics and worked for the municipal government. I also taught, as a post-secondary educator, I was a freelance journalist and ran my own business. This has given me different life experiences that inform how I look at our city and the experiences people have in it.
I♥E/ What do you think are the 4 or 5 biggest issues facing Edmonton right now that you want to focus on most?
SH/ Economic recovery following the end of the Covid-19 pandemic will be a major focus for the next council. Ensuring that the gains we made over the last 10 years are not lost is important for ensuring the lasting prosperity of our city. Prior to the pandemic, we knew the economy was a priority; this last year emphasizes the need for the city to attract diverse industries and make ourselves attractive to outside investment, while supporting the innovation and research that happens here already.
At the same time we know the pandemic has taken a toll on homes and communities. Supporting families and individuals is also important for our city. We know, for instance, that family violence has increased in the last year, as well as the need for housing and food hampers. To be truly prosperous, we have to ensure that we strengthen our communities as well.
But we probably should have cut the grass more.