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Is Terry Sheehan running for Mayor?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014   by: Darren Taylor

With Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Debbie Amaroso out of town attending to family matters, and with Ward Two City Councillor Terry Sheehan (looking patriotic in a Team Canada T-shirt) doing a clearly enthusiastic job filling in as Acting Mayor for the month of February, some political speculation has arisen in the Sault. asked Sheehan Wednesday if he is considering a run for Mayor in the October 27, 2014 municipal election.

“No, I haven’t been thinking about that,” Sheehan told us.

“A lot of people, since I’ve been Acting Mayor, have been asking me either flippantly or seriously, ‘why don’t you run for Mayor?’ and I’ve been getting some e-mails and phone calls…I take that as a high compliment for sure.”

“A lot of people have encouraged me to run for Mayor but it’s not something I’m thinking about at the present time.”

Sheehan has not yet filed his nomination papers for re-election as Ward Two City Councillor.

That, along with the enthusiasm Sheehan has shown as Acting Mayor, has led some people to think he may run for Mayor.

Mayor Amaroso filed her nomination papers for re-election as Mayor at the beginning of the year, and several other incumbent City Councillors have also filed their papers.

Sheehan, who works as an Employment and Training Consultant at the Sault’s Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities office, stated: “I never file this early, and it’s unusual for people to file this early.”

Candidates have until September 12 to file their nomination papers.

“I haven’t been thinking about anything except how busy I am,” Sheehan chuckled.

Of his stint as Acting Mayor, Sheehan said: “I love it, it’s been absolutely amazingly busy, with fun, good stuff and controversial stuff.”

Sheehan was clearly enthusiastic and looking very Mayoral at City Council meetings, at Friday’s announcement of 10 new jobs being created at the Sault’s Canadian Bank Note office and Innovation Centre, and, of course, at Monday’s welcome home gathering for Team Jacobs at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport.

As for controversy, Sheehan diplomatically addressed several members of the Sault’s LGBTQ community (carrying pride flags and other pride paraphernalia), concerned with the City’s position on flying the LGBTQ pride banner outside the Civic Centre, at the February 17 City Council meeting.

Mayor Amaroso had indicated early in February that the City would not be flying the pride flag because the City does not officially endorse protests.

Several Canadian municipalities, and the Ontario Legislature, chose to fly the flag in support of LGBTQ athletes competing at the Sochi Winter Olympics, in protest of Russia’s anti-gay laws.

Members of the Sault’s LGBTQ community argued that flying the pride flag should not be seen as a protest, but as a way for the City to celebrate the community’s diverse population.

At the February 17 Council meeting, Sheehan acknowledged the LGBTQ group in attendance and voiced his respect for their determination to raise the issue, and welcomed them to come forward and express their concerns at a future Council meeting.

The group attended the February 17 Council meeting silently for a time, then quietly left.

The group was planning to address Council at its upcoming March 3 meeting, but Sheehan told us Wednesday that LGBTQ community members have since decided they will need some more time to prepare a formal delegation.


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Javaman 2/26/2014 12:13:04 PM Report

Dreamer 2/26/2014 12:15:07 PM Report

Wish there was a like button on here!
Like Java's post LOL
dust2 2/26/2014 12:17:06 PM Report

>"Is Terry Sheehan running for Mayor?"

>"A lot of people have encouraged me to run for Mayor but it’s not something I’m thinking about at the present time."

so no.

why is this here then LOL
Number One Son 2/26/2014 12:18:12 PM Report

I hope the LGBTQ group acknowledge that their request to fly the flag was, in fact, a protest. I applaud the city's stance on not flying a flag in protest (so as to show favoritism to one side). It is more than obvious that this request was one of protest, .... so if you want credibility, come forth with the truth.
daddy c 2/26/2014 12:19:17 PM Report

Debbie has done a good job so why rock the boat. My vote will go to Debbie.
HowAbooutSomeLogic 2/26/2014 12:29:23 PM Report

Seriously, dusty...answer their own question in the first couple lines and go only rambling unnecessarily.

I have as much evidence (zero) that any sootoday poster is running for mayor. only have to click once. You've been posting a long time and you still haven't figured this out?

When we fly the Canada flag is it in protest of all other nations? By your logic this must be 'more than obvious'.

daddy, if Debb was mayoring right now (what you voted for her to do) this article wouldn't even exist, you do realize?
boilertyme 2/26/2014 12:40:09 PM Report

Brian Watson for Mayor, he would actually make a difference.
Mr E 2/26/2014 12:51:45 PM Report

Lol could you imagine listening to him any more than we need to?

As for Debbie.. haven't heard a thing she has done or didn't do. When your invisible your ineffective.
Javaman 2/26/2014 1:02:15 PM Report

No news is good news...right Debbie ??
frnlak 2/26/2014 1:13:19 PM Report


Who is Brian Watson ?

Dave is going to be looking for a job !
ThinkAgain 2/26/2014 1:39:37 PM Report

Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Debbie Amaroso is always out of town for personal matters. Seems like personal business takes preference over job performance.

If that was you or I were would have lost our job by now.

I can see a new mayor very soon
Javaman 2/26/2014 1:47:54 PM Report

Debbie basically fulfills the role of mayor...but...should we expect more than "basic" ? Should we want a mayor who is progressive? Someone pounding on doors to get business to relocate here?
superior87 2/26/2014 1:52:14 PM Report


In what way is flying a pride flag a protest? Seriously, I'd like to hear your reasoning behind that.
Meow 2/26/2014 2:01:34 PM Report

I would vote for Terry!
Gurpy 2/26/2014 2:01:50 PM Report

I think the flag should fly on Brock St. instead of city hall.
Gurpy 2/26/2014 2:03:13 PM Report

I should`ve been more specific, sorry. Make that between Ontario Works and S.S.Marie Housing. Good location!
itsme29 2/26/2014 2:07:19 PM Report

I think that flag should be in the closet with the same people that are proud of it... somebody got a stopwatch I wanna know how fast this gets pulled down? free speech my a$$
Gurpy 2/26/2014 2:17:42 PM Report

I am still waiting for MY flag! That one goes up at city hall!
HowAbooutSomeLogic 2/26/2014 2:19:09 PM Report

Mayor Amaroso had indicated early in February that the City would not be flying the pride flag because the City does not officially endorse protests.

I can pretty annoyed with the 'Gay Agenda' constantly popping up in all of our media, most recently the openly gay nba player and everyone acting like he is the second coming of Michael Jordan or something....but I would love for anyone to explain to me why flying the pride flag is equivalent to endorsing a protest?

Gurp, your flag, in bold, capital letters reads "DOUCHEBAG".
Feel free to fly it in your front yard or tattoo it on your forehead.
Gurpy 2/26/2014 2:22:08 PM Report

You could use some LOGIC. I was joking.
HowAbooutSomeLogic 2/26/2014 2:26:40 PM Report

All of your comments are 'jokes' which are really just ad hominems and none of them seem to have any point, other than to make you laugh.

Also, I am against flying the flag at city hall, yours, or any other outside of Canada's, Ontario's, and SSM's
Gurpy 2/26/2014 2:35:24 PM Report

We agree on something. I believe the only flag that should be at city hall is the Canadian flag.
The gay/lesbian flag is important to some in the community and at some point it will be flown somewhere. That is why I suggested Brock & Albert St. as a suggestion only.
And...I am not a douch bag as you put it! In the future, if you do not care for a post, feel free to comment on it without the ignorant comments. Thanks
Tag33&1/3rd 2/26/2014 3:26:24 PM Report

Maybe the Ontario Flag with the Canadian Flag.(should be the only flags) What flag is flying on all of Quebec's Municipal and Provincial offices?
CTgasman 2/26/2014 3:35:40 PM Report

I would vote for Terry.....
GrampaF 2/26/2014 3:53:40 PM Report

I'd sooner see Rob Ford than him
dust2 2/26/2014 4:13:13 PM Report

complain about offensive material while posting offensive material....

rofl, irony to the MAX
Berty 2/26/2014 4:24:15 PM Report

I'm sorry, but Debbie Amaroso time is up. She hasn't done enough to get my vote this time. I hope a more ambitious person steps up to be Mayor! Mr. Roswell was our best mayor ever..RIP. Those were big shoes to fill!
klm 2/26/2014 4:26:10 PM Report

Run Terry Run!!!

Run Terry Run!!!

molder2 2/26/2014 4:48:19 PM Report

Look at all the unfit fat cats at city hall living and eating off the tax payers moneys...Have another look at this picture!
Beej 2/26/2014 5:12:37 PM Report

Frank "Pliers" Manzo for mayor.
BrianTheDog 2/26/2014 5:16:41 PM Report

I'D vote for Terry cause he is fiercely independent and gets the job done.

Unlike Fratesi's Pocket Mayor we got now.
rgp 2/26/2014 5:29:57 PM Report

maybe he can fix the brown water and make it clear again
Sault Boy 2/26/2014 6:19:09 PM Report

I would throw Sheehan an X. He is a righteous dude.

johnnypints 2/26/2014 9:08:59 PM Report

I'd vote for him. He taught one of my business classes at sault college and was a pretty good prof. His work for or with the EDC was great and I actually see him out and about around town. I think he would get things done.
SmAsHed 2/26/2014 9:20:09 PM Report

I'm all for a change up of the current city council. I'm not overly impressed with many of the current members. Time for someone to come in and shake things up a little.

This city has been at a standstill for years, and is at risk of becoming the next retirement community.
David Poluck 2/27/2014 7:40:09 AM Report

"I think he would get things done"
Such as?

Under Municipal act Guidelines here is what a mayor can do.

Role of Head of Council
Depending on your municipality, the head of council may be called a warden, chair, reeve, or mayor. Whatever title is preferred, the role of head of council as set out by the Municipal Act, 2001 remains the same:
“225. It is the role of the head of council,
a. to act as the municipality’s chief executive officer
b. to preside over council meetings so that its business can be carried out efficiently and effectively
c. to provide the council with leadership
(c.1) without limiting clause (c), to provide information and recommendations to the council with respect to the role of council described in clauses 224 (d) and (d.1)
d. to represent the municipality at official functions and
e. carry out the duties of a head of council under this or any other act.”
As chief executive officer of the municipality, the head of council has special responsibilities, which are set out in section 226.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001: “226.1 As chief executive officer of a municipality, the head of council shall,
a. uphold and promote the purposes of the municipality
b. promote public involvement in the municipality’s activities
c. act as the representative of the municipality both within and outside the municipality, and promote the municipality locally, nationally and internationally and
d. participate in and foster activities that enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of the municipality and its residents.”
With such responsibilities, the head of council has a prominent and highly public profile. Many citizens within your municipality will have high and often varied expectations for the head of council. The head of council must find a way to balance these expectations.
Nevertheless, decisions of the municipality are made by council as a whole. The head of council does not have any more power than any other member of council to make decisions on behalf of the municipality.
David Poluck 2/27/2014 7:43:47 AM Report

I'm always amazed at what people think the role of mayor is in comparison to the legislation.

The legislation is far more limiting than most realize.

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