Letter: Experienced leader for critical time in city
To the editor:
It is my honor to be running for a seventh term as an at-large councilor for the Pittsfield City Council and it has been my privilege to serve as Council president the last four years. The city is at a critical place in time. I believe that we have turned the corner and are charting the course in the right direction. As your city councilor I will continue to work toward job creation and economic development. We need more businesses to locate in Pittsfield while we continue to assist existing businesses expand and grow.
As your city councilor I also recognize your concerns in regards to crime and public safety and will work to address the real issues behind crime, such as drugs and drug addiction, poverty and mental illness. We must begin by removing the stigma associated with all three. Building off of current successes with job creation is a good start, but we can and will do more to ensure that all residents can have a job that will pay a living wage. We must continue to work on expanding workforce development programs to fill the unfilled jobs. The drug and drug addiction problem must be tackled and we must work with all involved entities in the city, county and state to have a regional approach to solving the issue. We know that this issue is not unique to Pittsfield.
I will work to continue what has been accomplished already with finding more cost effective and efficient ways of doing the city's business like the LED light replacement so those savings can be put to work in areas that need more improvements, such and roads, sidewalk and public buildings.
My council service is only a piece of my community service. I serve on the Morningside Initiative, board of directors for Pittsfield Community Television and United Way. I have coached and been involved in youth bowling for the last 30 years, providing an opportunity for youth that can't compete in other sports. It has been my honor to lead and run Pittsfield's Fourth of July Parade for almost two decades.
On Nov. 5, you will have the opportunity to cast your ballot. As I said in the beginning, Pittsfield is at a critical moment in time and needs experienced leaders who can work together to develop solutions and forge compromise to stay the course. I respectfully ask for your vote on Election Day.
TALK TO US
If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.