Thank you for electing me!
Like any business or organization, I believe that the City Council needs a regular influx of new people with different ways of looking at things in order for our city to flourish and grow.
I believe that I am the best person for the job for many reasons. At the present time there is no one serving on the council with real public safety experience. My 32 years as a firefighter and my work as an EMT for a private ambulance company would help bring real world experience to the debate on one of the more important issues that the council deals with. My background and experience in the field is the reason that Mayor McCarthy gave me the opportunity to serve on her Health Care Advisory Committee when Waltham Hospital closed as well as on the Ambulance Service Review Committee.
For over two years, I have had the pleasure of sharing my thoughts on many issues with you as a columnist for the News Tribune. This opportunity allowed me to meet and listen to what people all over Waltham were concerned about. You told me stories of some of the most incredible people doing great things and you also told me about things that you were less than happy about.
One thing that many people were concerned about was the lack of a retail shopping district in the city. I have myself complained about the issue on numerous occasions.
I have talked to several local developers and small business owners. They have told me that Waltham is not business friendly and that many quality stores and businesses simply don’t think that it’s worth the effort to try to locate here. This problem, whether real or perceived, must be addressed if the city is going to thrive in the future.
As an appointed member of the Recreation Board I have seen that the city is capable of doing great things when they have a plan. Look around at our playgrounds and parks. They are the envy of many surrounding communities. The reason for this is that the Recreation Department Director and staff are always planning upgrades and improvements years ahead of time. This success clearly shows how important it is to have a clear vision of where you want to go.
This election is not about electing your friend or neighbor to the council. It is about electing someone who, when a problem is identified, will work with whoever is necessary to correct it. I am not and will not be a career politician and will not serve more than 3 terms. I hope you will look through my website for details on these and other issues. It will be updated regularly as the campaign moves forward.
I would appreciate your support and your vote for Ward 2 Councillor.