Enjoying life after politics
New job, family time for former councillor
Some seven months ago the nature and frequency of phone messages waiting for Kevin Saccary when he arrived home changed dramatically.
The switch was from municipal business to that of family affairs and he’s become quite comfortable with the change.
Saccary was a municipal councillor for 25 years before voters chose another voice for District 8 by a slim margin last October.
“I believe they did me a favour,” Saccary said about the vote result that changed the nature of his phone calls.
“After all those years it is certainly a different lifestyle when you are not in the so called public eye. I can say that I’m kind of enjoying life now on a daily basis. Not that I didn’t enjoy it before but now I’m enjoying it in a different light.”
Instead of Cape Breton Regional Municipality and community meetings and endless phone calls about district issues, the 62-year-old was able to be a full-time grandfather to his two grandchildren this past winter.
“There were times when my daughter was in high school and I missed basketball games back then,” he recalled.
“Now it is like I can’t wait to get up in the morning to take my granddaughter to hockey. That’s the difference. I didn’t have the time before.”
Though he’s become comfortable with life after politics and has no intention of returning to the political scene, he says his heart remains tagged to the community he served for a quarter of a century.
“I love my community and my community was good to me,” he said. “I have no regrets
… in how I performed because I believe I did my best.”
Despite his best, Saccary lost what appears to be his last election by just 55 votes. He figures people just wanted a change. Surprisingly, a few people suggested his loss might also have been because he was in the business for so long.
The bad rap politicians in general tend to receive in Cape Breton might also have played a role, he said.
“You had maybe a couple of bad apples in the barrel over the years but there’s a lot of politicians in Cape Breton that did a lot of good for their community and I don’t think people should knock politicians for the community work they do.”
Now that he’s viewing the political scene from afar for the first time in 25 years, he believes that the current mayor and council are doing “an excellent” job and he wishes them every success.
Besides sporting arenas with his grandchildren, his life after politics also includes a new job on the sales staff at MacDonald Ford.
Saccary said he loves cars and loves people, so he sees it as his dream job.
Life after politics for Kevin Saccary includes time with his grandchildren and a new job at Plaza Ford. Saccary served as a municipal councillor for 25 years.