Release: McGarry to enter race for mayor

Today, Kathryn McGarry, who previously served as Cambridge MPP and a provincial Cabinet Minister, formally entered the race to be Mayor of Cambridge. 

“Over the last few weeks while attending events in the community, talking to business owners and neighbours, I’m being approached time and time again about helping our community to face the challenges ahead of us.

In fact, it is this encouragement, and my love for our community that has prompted me to step up and announce that I will be running for Mayor of Cambridge in this fall’s municipal election.

We live in a great city, but one that struggles with some very serious issues that need to be fixed. We need to address these issues while embracing opportunities that will see us create jobs and attract new investments to our community. That is how we continue to make a bright future for Cambridge – one that builds a Cambridge we can all work, live and raise a family in.

I’ve heard people are ready for change, for a different style of leadership that better reflects the modern city that Cambridge has become.

Our city needs a Mayor who understands these challenges but listens to the community and embraces solutions with confidence, a positive attitude, and understands how to work with other levels of government to get things done.

They want a mayor who has experience building and managing a strong team to protect and enhance the security and quality of life in our community. They want someone who will do this with a confident, responsive style of leadership that is focused on solutions – not just talk.

I know my experienced leadership, management skills, work ethic, and my proven ability to work to build consensus with people in and outside our community and across party lines are much needed.

I honed these skills while serving as a nurse at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and in our community, as President of Heritage Cambridge, as a Member of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, as a longtime volunteer, as MPP for Cambridge and as a provincial Cabinet Minister and I am told these skills would be exactly what Cambridge needs.

I was honoured to serve the people of Cambridge as their Member of Provincial Parliament.

I got into nursing and into public life, to help people. That has been, and will always be, my focus.

I look forward to outlining my vision for Cambridge in the weeks ahead – and I look forward to serving the people of Cambridge as their Mayor.”