Peter White seeks return to Pittsfield City Council
PITTSFIELD — After a four-year absence, Peter White seeks a return engagement on the City Council.
The former Ward 2 councilor has announced he will make a bid for one of the four at large council seats up for grabs in the 2015 city election.
Elected in 2009 for one term, White initially didn't seek re-election in 2011, choosing to run in a special election for the vacant 3rd Berkshire District state representative seat, eventually captured by Tricia Farley-Bouvier.
Upon losing to Farley-Bouvier in a Democratic primary, White unsuccessfully ran as a write-in candidate to keep his City Council seat, losing to current Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi.
White's latest political aspiration is, in part, due to Councilor at large Barry Clairmont's decision not to seek another term.
"I've known for a while I wanted to go the at large route," he said. "Obviously, having one less incumbent made my decision easier."
White, 36, is a job placement specialist for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. In an Eagle interview, he cited economic development, drug abuse and efforts to stem the tide of an aging Pittsfield population as key issues in the upcoming election.
"We need to bring in more jobs, creating more opportunities, involving businesses both existing and new," he said.
White views the proposed $120.8 million Taconic High School project as a key to preparing — an hopefully retaining — the city's future work force.
"We need to stop losing our students after they graduate from college," he said. "We need to attract [young] people to live here, work here and play here."
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