Pam Wolf is withdrawing from her candidacy for Cambridge City Council in the 2022 municipal elections and is seeking a new place

Cambridge’s longest-serving councilor has decided to pivot.

Com. Pam Wolf, who has served Ward 5 since 2006, has withdrawn her intention to run for city council in the 2022 municipal election and will now run for regional council. She filed for city council on May 26.

That leaves Sheri Roberts and Mark D. Fisher as the current candidates for Ward 5.

Wolf now joins former Cambridge mayor Doug Craig, Prakash Venkataraman, public school board trustee Crystal Whetham and Bobbi Stewart in running for two directly elected positions on Cambridge Regional Council.

“After many years on city council and on several committees, including the environment, economy and heritage advisory committees, I am ready to apply my Cambridge knowledge and experiences to regional government,” said said Wolf.

Wolf noted she was confident leaving Ward 5 after working with Roberts and others in West Galt against the proposed Dance Pit expansion and said she knew voters would be in between good hands if Roberts wins the ward in the election.

“We believe that with myself in the area working with Mayors (Sue) Foxton and (Kathryn) McGarry, and Sheri working with the City Council, we will have an effective team to fight the expansion of the pit and demand a temporary moratorium on all new gravel pits,” Wolf said.

In addition to Dance Pit’s expansion, Wolf said his priorities in the region would include affordable housing, transportation, public health, climate change, affordability, equity and inclusion, heritage preservation, the balance of development in existing neighbourhoods, the encouragement of new businesses and the maintenance and creation of jobs. .

“(These are) all areas where we need effective action and leadership,” she said.

Wolf noted that with the region being responsible for housing, her current work on the board of Housing Cambridge and the Cambridge Kiwanis Village Non-Profit Housing Board, in addition to being Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee, makes a position on the regional council a ‘good fit. ”

On transport, Wolf believes the city needs a strong voice to ensure a fully-funded ION is extended to Cambridge, and that a viable bypass is made to keep trucks out of downtown. city ​​of Gall.

Wolf said she would also like to see a pedestrian bridge linking West Galt and Preston, near the hospital.

“Many transport issues have been overlooked by the region and I will ensure that they are resolved,” she said.

With public health, Wolf said she has seen the effects of mental illness in the community and “looks forward to the opportunity to work to provide better services to our vulnerable populations.

“These are just some of the areas where my in-depth knowledge of our city and my extensive experience on council will make me an asset to represent the city of Cambridge on regional council. »

Prior to City Council, Wolf was the Cambridge NDP candidate in the 2003 provincial election, losing to Progressive Conservative Gerry Martiniuk.

Melissa C. Keyes