Newest candidate advocates sports, jobs
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Jul 23, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Newest candidate advocates sports, jobs

Stratford Gazette

Chet Greason cgreason@stratfordgazette.com

Another lifelong Stratford resident has entered her name into the running for city council.

First-time nominee Marianne Hawley is the fourth official candidate to enter the race.

A mother of three, Hawley has long been involved in Stratford minor sports. This year she was as trainer on the Midget A girls hockey team, as well as secretary of the Stratford Minor Sports Council. She’s been a billet mom for the Stratford Cullitons and for the last 10 years she’s been finding, auditioning, and hiring the young vocalists who sing the national anthem at Cullitons’ games.

In 2003, she was named Sports Person of the Year by the Stratford Minor Sports Council.

She also sits on the executive for the Stratford Braz for the Cause chapter, and she’s worked at the Stratford General Hospital for 34 years as an OR scheduler.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” says Hawley of her decision to run for council. “It’s payback. I’ve lived here my whole life, and when I think about all the things people have done for me, it makes me want to turn it around and help the younger generation.”

Hawley says that, if elected, she would devote her time on council to finding ways to create jobs for young people in Stratford “so they don’t have to leave the city to look for work.”

Hawley’s two eldest children have recently finished university, so she’s hoping to find ways to entice new industries to set up shop in the Festival City.

“It would be nice to see them find work in their fields, but it’s hard in Stratford.”

In addition to employment, her focus remains heavily devoted to youth sports.

“I want to make sure sports remain affordable for children,” she says. “The price of ice rental is expensive. Winter groups tend to have to pay a lot more money. Why is it so much more costly?” she asks.

Hawley says she’s watching and listening closely to what’s going on in Stratford politics these days, and notes she’s looking forward to adding her own ideas to the issues council is currently dealing with.

In preparation for her run, Hawley has been putting together a team to help her strategize her campaign.

She welcomes dialogue and new ideas from voters, and asks anyone who wishes to speak with her to contact her via email at marianne.hawley11@gmail.com.

“I’m steady, I listen, and I hope to do a good job,” she says.

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