Joshua Moran seeks third term on North Adams City Council

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NORTH ADAMS — Councilor Joshua Moran wants to see his initiatives through, and is asking for a third term to do so.

Moran, who has built a campaign platform around outdoor recreation, as well as community health and wellness, believes that he can be an asset to the ongoing efforts by city officials to build a bike path in North Adams.

"We are as close to having a bike path in North Adams as we've ever been," said Moran, who has served two terms since he was first elected to the council in 2013.

Moran has a background in civil engineering, and spends most of his time as a stay-at-home dad, so projects like the bike path are ones he understands and used to manage, he said.

"It's not like I'm learning the ropes," he said.

Moran is also seeking a third term because of the progress he sees in the city, such as its efforts to become more walkable and bikeable.

Moran also believes that he provides a voice for a younger demographic — about 25 to 40 years old — that the city needs more of.

"I feel I represent that demographic of folks that we want to move into North [Adams] and also the folks that we want to stay in North Adams," Moran said, adding that he can "equally represent" the aging population at the same time.

During his first two terms in office, Moran successfully advocated to raise the minimum age required to purchase tobacco, to 21 years old, in North Adams, relocated the Cascades trailhead, and saw North Adams designated an official Appalachian Trail Community.

Moran has served as the City Council's Public Services Committee chairman for all four years he has been on the council, notably managing and rightsizing the city's transfer station.

Next up, Moran is working to make Windsor Lake more accessible to mountain bikers.

Moran is one of 16 candidates vying for nine available at large seats on the City Council. The election will be Nov. 7.

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter or at 413-496-6376.


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