Hamilton poverty and disability activist Sara Jama has wasted no time seeking the vacancy in the Hamilton Centre Provincial riding that is being vacated by Andrea Horwath who is now running for mayor of Hamilton. In a Twitter message Ms. Jama wrote, “My friends & I have watched for years as people have struggled to survive in #HamOnt. We need changes to our healthcare & education systems, & an end to the criminalization of the poor. This work needs activists too, & I intend to seek the NDP nomination in Hamilton Centre. The feed goes on to say she will have a launch event Wednesday Morning at 9AM at City Hall.
Jama was one of the protestors arrested last year in a clash between Hamilton Police and homeless encampment supporters. The charges were dropped after protestors made an undertaking to keep the peace.
Sarah Jama is co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario and holds a Social Sciences degree from McMaster University.
Sarah is a board member with the Hamilton Transit Riders Union (HTRU), a council member on the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, and a member of the Hamilton Community Benefits Network (HCBN). She also worked at the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion as a Program Coordinator.
Jama’s announcement comes amid speculation that Ward Three Councillor Nrinder Nann was also considering the Hamilton Centre NDP nod, but late Tuesday Clr. Nann issued the following statement: ““ I will continue to serve out my current term of Council. I am running for re-election as the Ward 3 City Councillor. I am proud of what I have accomplished these last 4 years and have more to achieve with my neighbours. My focus is on municipal politics and I have no intention to run in a provincial by-election in Hamilton Centre.”