At 35 years old, Scott is a husband, a new Dad, and a proud Cambridge resident.
Scott has worked a variety of jobs, such as landscaper, retail store manager, human resources recruiter, and journal editor. Wanting to inspire others to think critically about politics, he returned to university in 2009 at the age of 25, going on to receive his Master’s degree (University of Oxford, UK) and then winning a full PhD scholarship (The London School of Economics [LSE], UK) in politics (International Relations). Upon returning to Canada, Scott was awarded Canada’s top academic award, the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, where he taught classes and researched about international politics, climate change, security, and political philosophy.
Having put down roots in Cambridge, Scott and his wife Katie are committed to improving the community in which they will raise their young family. Scott currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank and volunteers regularly in city cleanups and at organizations such as Langs.
Scott decided to enter politics after the birth of his son changed his perspective about the world. Building a great community, protecting the environment and climate, ensuring public safety, and offering a positive vision of the future, became more important than ever.
Recently, Scott has made presentations to Cambridge City Council numerous times as a delegation. He has spoken in favour of such progressive initiatives as Cambridge’s Core Areas Transformation Fund and the declaration of a climate crisis, both of which received unanimous support from city council.
Scott doesn’t jump to conclusions or make decisions based on external pressures, ideology, or emotion. Having taught critical thinking for years, he knows that the key to making decisions on council is to LISTEN to residents, THINK carefully and critically about past history and future results, and ACT with the welfare of residents — past, present, and future generations — in mind.
Scott’s goal is the same as it’s always been: to work on behalf of Cambridge to build a prosperous and safe present and future for all. To work for the good of everyone.
Disagreements will always arise between opinionated friends and neighbours — and they should, because difference is the essence of democracy. The key is to ensure that councillors provide the space and ability for residents to discuss differing opinions in a respectful and meaningful way, ultimately leading to compromise and resolution through the understanding that everyone’s voice has been heard. In short, we’re all neighbours in Cambridge, and we’re best when we work together.
Every decision must be made for the good of the city, its taxpayers, its natural environment, and the future of our children that will grow up here and ultimately call Cambridge their home as well.