Letter: Connell is a proven hard worker for city

Connell is a proven hard worker for city

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to express my support for Christopher Connell, who is running as an independent for state representative from the 3rd Berkshire District.

It is unusual for me to write in support of a candidate, as I tend to be skeptical of politicians who too often are in politics for power and to promote their self–interest. I can tell you first-hand that Chris is not a typical politician.

Chris became my first friend in the area when I moved to the Berkshires eight years ago. Chris wasn't in politics then. I met him playing basketball at the Pittsfield YMCA.

Basketball reveals character. Chris was the ultimate gentleman on the court and looked to pass to teammates rather than score himself. Over the eight years I have known Chris, I have observed that he is concerned about the success of others.

My business struggled during the financial crisis and even though we had just become friends, Chris took the time to listen to my problems and offered me helpful and creative ideas that made a difference.

I was so impressed by his business experience, from being a regional manager for Cumberland Farms, a contractor, and a rental property owner/manager. His wealth of experience enabled him to see solutions to my business challenges that I had overlooked.

When I learned Chris was running for the Pittsfield City Council 4 ½ years ago, I became interested in local politics. I have observed that as a city councilor Chris works hard to listen to people and get things done for them. He is a lot more action than talk. For example, during the last four years he has been fighting to get more parking spaces in Pittsfield for the physically challenged.

Chris has collaborated with other city councilors to improve the quality of life for those of us living in Pittsfield. Chris is not into party politics. His agenda for running for state representative is to bring needed dollars from Beacon Hill back to Pittsfield.

On a personal note, I have made so many friends in Pittsfield these last eight years, and I love this town. With all the companies that have gone out of business or left the region, I worry about its financial well-being.

It is not because Chris Connell is my friend that I pray that he wins this election; it is because Chris will work harder than any other candidate to help Pittsfield receive the funding it needs to maintain our infrastructure and create more business opportunities and jobs.

Michael Eitelberg Pittsfield


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