Meet The Candidate: Robert Sawyer
Havre de Grace Patch previews the 2012 City Council Election.
For about three weeks in the early stages of the 2012 campaign season, Robert Sawyer appeared to be a mystery candidate.
He didn't attend the first two candidates' forums.
"Another Jim Lauer?," people wondered.
Sawyer had a legitimate excuse. He and his wife just had their third baby.
Other candidates have been losing sleep for a variety of reasons. Sawyer has three kids ages five and under—including a newborn.
But Sawyer is running. Sawyer is a candidate.
And it's because of those three children that he's running.
The 20-year IT professional wants to make a better community for his kids.
Sawyer, 49, works in information technology with government contractors. He's involved in the Bulle Rock Computer Club, and he's willing to lend his expertise to the city if elected.
He spent four years in the Navy on the USS Independence.
He's a native of Montana and Colorado, a transplant to Havre de Grace like many of his Bulle Rock neighbors.
"I think taxes are a little bit high," he said. "I'm not sure exactly why, but I intend to find out."
Sawyer didn't hide his agenda in running for the election. He feels Bulle Rock is underrepresented in Havre de Grace government.
"Partially to get more involved with the community from a personal level and to educate myself," he said. "But also, I feel I have a lot to offer."
And, about the baby?
"That is a concern. I want time with my family as much as possible. I also have a career that's not waning," Sawyer said. "It's definitely a concern that maybe I don't have enough time."
"I realize it could be a juggling act," Sawyer said.
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