Group aims to put a woman at every muncipal council table in Grey-Bruce

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A new group launched today to get more women sitting around local council tables in Grey-Bruce.

The effort, called electHER, has a planning committee that includes 12 present or past council members and six community members, all women.

Co-founders are community member Laura Wood and Owen Sound city councillor Carol Merton.

The group has a web site and social media presence. A learning session on Mar. 16 will address “How to Decide to Run for Office.”

“Having worked on federal, provincial and municipal elections, I’d have to say I see a more immediate impact on having women at the political table at the municipal level,” Ms Wood said.

The issues considered make a difference to people’s everyday lives, and are not bogged down in partisanship, she observed in the organization’s press release.

The group characterizes itself as non-partisan, with a goal to have at least one woman on each of the 17 municipal councils in Grey-Bruce.

On the day Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the first woman vice-president of the United States, Jan. 20, the group plans to offer commentary online during the day.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald