LIFE LESSONS: Today we talk to Dan Sames, who is serving his second term as Bicester mayor

First published in Columns

What I'm called: Dan Sames.

My age: 40.

What I do: On top of the day job I am a district and town councillor and mayor of Bicester. As you can imagine, this takes up quite a lot of time, especially with all the extra duties as mayor.

Where I live: I live on Langford Village in Bicester, which is the area that I represent on the council. I believe that it is important to give the local community a strong voice and I hope that I do that effectively.

Who I love: My family are everything to me, especially my two boys.

Happiest year: 2007 and 2011 when my children were born. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing them for the first time after nine months of waiting.

Darkest Moment: Switching lights off? Seriously, I don’t think I’ve experienced a truly dark moment.

Proudest Boast: Being the youngest mayor of Bicester (the first time I did it). I am now in my second term, having been mayor for the first time in 2005. At the time I was only 32, which is very much against the trend.

Worst Weakness: Time-keeping but that is largely as a result of being busy and trying to fit everything in.

Lessons Learned: Embrace challenges, treat disasters as new opportunities and treat people as you would want to be treated yourself.

Dullest Job: Data entry clerk for British Telecom.

Greatest shame: None I can think of or will admit to!

Life-Long Hero: My dad, for all he has gone through and taught me. I owe him (and my mum for that matter) so much.

Oldest friend: My friend David that I’ve known since nursery, so about 37 years.

Widest smile: Seeing my boys get excited over the smallest thing.

Favourite Dream: Getting elected to Parliament has always been a dream of mine. Maybe one day I will be able to make it a reality.

Biggest Regret: Life is too short for regrets, you can’t change what has passed so you might as well move on and look forward to the things that you can make happen.

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