En­joy­ing life af­ter pol­i­tics

New job, fam­ily time for for­mer coun­cil­lor

Cape Breton Post - - Glace Bay/New Waterford & Area - BY GREG MCNEIL gm­c­neil@cb­post.com

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.

GREG MCNEIL/CAPE BRE­TON POST

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.

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