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Since deciding to run for a seat on Stratford city council, Cody Sebben estimates he’s visited close to 1,000 homes, knocking on doors and listening to residents to learn what, if anything, is bothering them.
And while the issues he’s heard – lack of Sunday bus service, particularly for shoppers and employers in the east end, and speeding in certain residential neighbourhoods, to name only two – may not be at the top of the city’s agenda, Sebben says each concern is important to those it impacts and worthy of further examination at the very least.
“I know the issues people have are often things that affect their day-to-day lives,” he says. “And I know it can be frustrating when you feel people aren’t taking them seriously.”
Sebben is running a campaign leading up to the Oct. 27 municipal election that emphasizes his accessibility and approachability.
There’s no one issue or decision he particularly feels council has bungled; rather, he simply believes he can do a good job representing the people of the city by giving them a voice.
A rehabilitation worker in Stratford who assists people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, Sebben has been in the news recently for advocating with his wife to stop the sale of live lobsters.
Sebben says his decision to run for office has nothing to do with that campaign, though it does highlight what he sees as some of his strengths, including being resourceful and willing to make tough decisions when there’s an issue he feels passionately about.
If elected, Sebben says his focus would not be to advocate for improved lobster treatment but to bring the issues he’s hearing from residents to the table for further discussion.
“I think it’s important for a councillor to run with each issue as if it’s their own,” he notes, adding, “the role of a councillor isn’t to do what I want to do … the role is to represent the citizens.”
Sebben isn’t ignoring some of the bigger issues facing the city, however. When it comes to projects like the Cooper site redevelopment and Market Square, he says he wants to help find the financially responsible way to proceed with both of them.
Speaking of the Cooper site he adds, “I know a lot of people want to see (the land) developed. It’s been an issue as far back as I can remember. But it will take time to develop.”
Sebben encourages people to contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org.