Transportation infrastructure tops Doran’s list in Ward 6 race


“There are many years of frustration ahead for drivers, cyclists and transit users before we finally see improved traffic flow in and around Ward 6,” says candidate Sharon Doran

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Sharon Doran isn’t worried about her political inexperience as she runs for Ward 6 in the upcoming mayoral election.

In fact, she thinks her life and career lessons will benefit her as Election Day approaches on October 24.

Doran and her husband have lived in Barrie for 26 years, raised their daughters there, and currently reside in Ward 6, in the south end of the city.

Doran, 54, says she is passionate about the city and runs to make sure residents get what they need.

“My mother, daughter, and granddaughter live in Barrie, so it’s important to me that council makes sound decisions that benefit residents today and generations to come,” Doran said. BarrieToday. “The time has come as I recently retired from a 30-year career with Honda of Canada Mfg., and now have the time and energy to devote myself to public service.”

Doran also says she is appalled that, while women make up 51% of the population, the current city council only has two women.

“Studies have repeatedly shown that gender balance and diversity on boards, boards and management teams ensures that more perspectives are heard and better decisions are made” , she said.

Doran said her previous job prepared her for what it takes to sit at the board table.

“My experience within Honda’s management team has provided me with skills in leadership, project management, employee relations, health and safety, environmental control, training and development, in business planning and cost analysis of budgets exceeding $100 million annually,” she said. “But the most important lesson I’ve learned at Honda is that whenever an issue comes up, we need to ‘go out there’ and talk to the people involved to really understand the root cause(s) and potential solutions. “

Working in a male-dominated industry, combined with her desire to be a community builder, encouraged Doran to join Business and Professional Women (BPW) Barrie 11 years ago.

“BPW has provided new learning and leadership opportunities and enabled me to forge partnerships with organizations such as Politics for Women, Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie, Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie, Georgian College Women’s inTUITION fund and Shoebox Project,” she said.

When asked what Ward 6 needed to improve immediately, Doran said infrastructure topped the list.

“Ward 6 is growing rapidly with several densification projects underway, but our roads haven’t kept pace. We finally completed the Harvie Road Bridge over Highway 400 last year, but Bryne Drive has been a dead end for over two decades and is still years away from completion,” Doran said. “Add to that the widening of Highway 400 and bridge reconstruction projects on Anne Street and Essa Road, in addition to the closure of Sunnidale and McKay roads, it means that there are several years of frustration for drivers, cyclists and transit users before we do. finally seeing improved traffic flow in and around Ward 6.”

Ward 6 will have a new councilor after incumbent Natalie Harris announced she will not be running again.

Candidates running in Ward 6 include Doran, Darryl Duff, Kevin LePage and Nigussie Nigussie.

The candidate nomination window closes on Friday, August 19.

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