When asked why he’s running for political office, three of Jake Sacher’s primary reasons are close to home.
"My kids are my world, and I want to leave behind a better world for them than the one they found," he said. "My kids are 99 per cent of the reason I’m running."
The 37-year-old married father of three — whose wife, Charlene, has been an educator for the last 15 years — is the Liberal Party of Manitoba candidate in the Lagimodière electoral district in the upcoming provincial election.
The audio engineer, who has also been a stay-at-home dad for the last four years, said he has been following politics for the last 25 years, and he felt the time was now right "to join the fight."
Meeting with provincial party leader Dougald Lamont also encouraged Sacher to take a run at the riding, as Lamont — who is also MLA for St. Boniface — mirrored many of Sacher’s beliefs and viewpoints, he said, making him a "great fit’ for the party.
Going door to door during his campaign, Sacher said the main issue residents have been talking about is health care, followed by education, followed by the environment.
"Without a healthy planet, and a healthy environment, everything else doesn’t matter," he said, adding it’s important to face the "climate crisis" now so our children and grandchildren will inherit a healthier planet. Sacher said that Manitoba has such an abundance of land and boreal forest that exploring sources of green energy and renewal energy should be an important issue.
"This would help the province, and I think it needs to be more of a focus," he said.
He said the response to his campaigning so far has been positive. "People seem to be happy, and people have been wishing me well, which has been great. They seem to be happy that someone has their back."
Generally speaking, Sacher believes the vast majority of Manitobans are invested in the political and democratic process, and the candidates representing their respective constituencies.
"I’ve seen a few people who think their vote doesn’t matter, but for the most part I think people do care, and do want to be pro-active, and don’t want to let things slide."
Andrew Smith is the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba candidate in Lagimodière, Billie Cross is the NDP candidate, and Bob Krul is the Green candidate. At press time, Cross had not responded to an interview request, and Krul has announced his candidacy since then.
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