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Although Clarence-Rockland Ward Six Councillor Krysta Simard will not seek a second mandate, her husband, Christian Simard, will be stepping up to the plate.
Krysta Simard named her health and her family as the primary reasons that led her to her decision to not present herself again as a candidate in the upcoming October municipal elections.
“I was finding myself exhausted working full time hours, being a parttime councillor, managing the household and everyone’s schedules, as well as my volunteer work,” she explained. “I was sick this past year, more than I’ve ever been.”
Simard suffered from the shingles, had to see a specialist for vocal issues and had problems with her thyroid gland.
“My body was trying to tell me to slow down and I wasn’t listening,” she said. “I’ve learned that I’m no good to my family or my community if I don’t take care of myself.”
This is where her husband, Christian, comes into the picture. He has decided to take some of the heat off his wife by presenting himself as a candidate for ward six in the next elections.
“Seeing my wife do this job, and the toll it took on her health, I felt the need to step up,” he explained. “I’ve been with her every step of the way these past four years and I’m quite familiar with most of the files, which will make the transition from my wife to me, if elected, seamless.”
Although Christian Simard has no prior political experience, he has learned a lot from his wife’s time as a city councillor.
“I want to give back to the community and make sure that what was promised this past term will continue on in the next term,” he said.
As for Krysta, she plans to take time off from politics to take care of herself and her family, which includes four teenagers, ages 16, 15, 13-and-a-half and an almost-12-year-old. She, however, does not write off politics completely, saying none of this means she won’t ever return to it later on. She is also heavily involved in the community, working with the Club JOI in Saint-Pascal-Baylon and the Optimist Club, as well as directing a children’s choir.
In reflecting on her time as a councillor, Krysta is thankful for the people she met along the way, but is also acutely aware of the challenges of the political world.
“I had wanted to make a difference and I feel that I was able to do that in my ward,” she said. “Of course there is still a lot I would have liked to accomplish, there are a lot of rules and regulations to follow and the red tape can be frustrating, but that’s where my husband can come in and continue what I started to do.”
“I want to make sure that what was promised this past term will continue on in the next term.»
Bien que conseillère municipale du quartier six à Clarence-Rockland, Krysta Simard, ne sollicitera pas un deuxième mandat. Son mari, Christian Simard, se présentera à sa place. Krysta Simard a désigné sa santé et sa famille, qui comprend quatre...