Candidate for the Legislative Assembly – Seat of Newcastle
Sam is a recently retired geologist and mining consultant, originally from the USA but with over 30 years in Australia. He has a long-held passion for cycling as transport, for long distance touring as well as commuting.
Sam has held the position of Secretary of the Newcastle Cycleways Movement Inc. (his local Bicycle Users Group) for several years, and is on the Steering Committee of the coordinating group of the CycleSafe Network initiative currently being promoted for the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie LGAs. He has previously served six years as National Treasurer of the Ulysses Club, and on several other boards of management.
Sam is also interested in “rails to trails” conversions, and has actively promoted several project proposals in NSW. He has cycled in the USA, Europe and New Zealand, and has developed a deep appreciation for the benefits that a strong cycling culture can bring to communities, including those to health, the environment, safety and quality of life.
Sam is married with three stepdaughters and three grandchildren, and pursues his other interests (guitar, harmonica and photography) in what little time is left over from cycling and family.