A political vet­eran at 23

So­cial ser­vices worker Steven Soos plans to run for Oton­abee Ward city coun­cil seat

The Peterborough Examiner - - NEWS - JOELLE KOVACH EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER JKo­vach@post­media.com

Steven Soos says he’s go­ing to run for a coun­cil seat in Oton­abee Ward in the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion in Oc­to­ber.

Soos, 23, is a so­cial ser­vices worker liv­ing in Peter­bor­ough. He grad­u­ated from Trent Univer­sity in 2016 with a bach­e­lor of arts de­gree in in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment stud­ies and phi­los­o­phy.

While he was still a stu­dent at Trent in 2015, Soos planned to run for the NDP in the fed­eral elec­tion in Peter­bor­ough.

But he changed his mind and didn’t run; he said that was due to “fun­da­men­tal dis­agree­ments” with the party.

In­stead he moved to Ni­a­gara Falls and ran in the 2015 fed­eral elec­tion for the Green Party (he fin­ished his Trent cour­ses on­line).

Soos says he likes the idea of run­ning in the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion be­cause it’s non-par­ti­san.

“I get to be Steven Soos,” he said, rather than a can­di­date rep­re­sent­ing any par­tic­u­lar political party.

Also he’s done it be­fore: when he was 19, he ran for mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil in Wel­land and re­ceived 386 votes (the in­cum­bent was re-elected with 883 votes).

Right now, the Oton­abee Ward coun­cil­lors are Lesley Par­nell and Dan McWil­liams. Nei­ther has an­nounced whether they will seek an­other term in Oc­to­ber.

Soos said that if he’s elected, he’ll run reg­u­lar ward meet­ings and town halls.

“For too long, politi­cians have been telling cit­i­zens what’s im­por­tant,” he said, adding that it should be the other way around.

Only one coun­cil­lor has an­nounced he’s run­ning for re-elec­tion so far: Coun. Dean Pap­pas will seek an­other term in Town Ward.

Mayor Daryl Ben­nett has been asked by The Ex­am­iner whether he’ll run again, and he’s said he won’t de­cide un­til May.

Mean­while Jeff Day, whore signed in De­cem­ber from his job as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity Fu­tures Peter­bor­ough, told Kawartha Now ear­lier this week he will run for coun­cil in the Oct. 22 elec­tion (he did not say which ward).


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