James al­ways look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties

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James Sains­bury has a tri­fecta of pas­sions in his life.

Fam­ily, ca­reer and com­mu­nity and it’s the pas­sion for the lat­ter that has him con­test­ing the Mata­mata Ward for the Mata­mataPi­ako lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

Sains­bury, a fam­ily man to three young chil­dren and Mata­mata Play­cen­tre pres­i­dent, says he is al­ways look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­trib­ute and sees serv­ing on coun­cil as a great plat­form to do just that.

‘‘I’m in the right place to run for coun­cil and if i’m the right fit, serve on coun­cil.’’

Sains­bury cam­paigned for coun­cil­lor in the 2013 elec­tions, with 1023 votes, com­ing in be­hind an­other 2016 coun­cil­lor hopeful Kevin Tap­pin.

He says he wasn’t dis­ap­pointed to not be suc­cess­ful in the last cam­paign, in­stead, see­ing it as a great op­por­tu­nity to learn.

‘‘It was no big deal, I was the pri­mary care­giver with chil­dren all un­der two years. I knew there was a lot of com­pe­ti­tion with very good can­di­dates, but I was glad to be part of that process.’’

It was only a few months ago that Sains­bury de­cided to cam­paign in the 2016 elec­tion. He feels he’s in a bet­ter po­si­tion com­pared to three years ago.

‘‘My po­si­tion is unique. My wife is work­ing full time, i’m in part-time work. My kids are ap­proach­ing school age and it’s a win­dow for me to do some­thing. The con­nec­tions I have now are stronger than they were be­fore.

‘‘All the stars have aligned for me to run.’’

Sains­bury says he doesn’t have an agenda in­stead he just wants to rep­re­sent the com­mu­nity’s in­ter­ests as best he can. He is hopeful if he is suc­cess­ful, to bring an­other voice to the coun­cil ta­ble.

‘‘A big part of a coun­cil­lors role, if any is­sues are brought to them, is to make sure they are pre­sented to the ta­ble, in the ap­pro­pri­ate con­text.

‘‘Even if it’s some­thing I didn’t agree with nec­es­sar­ily, it would be my role to make sure they are rep­re­sented.

‘‘I want to be part of good de­ci­sion mak­ing. We get bet­ter de­ci­sions if there is more di­ver­sity around the ta­ble.

‘‘My point of dif­fer­ence from the other can­di­dates, all of whom are ex­cel­lent, is that I have the per­spec­tive of hav­ing a young fam­ily and I am also a prac­tic­ing sci­en­tist.

‘‘There is a way of think­ing that can come with that and that per­spec­tive can also be use­ful when look­ing at is­sues.’’

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