The themes of my first three terms included Fiscal Responsibility, Revitalization of our City and Care and Respect for Our Citizens and they continue to be my top three priorities.
I know that while themes are important, you are voting for a person. “HOW” something is accomplished is as important as “WHAT” is accomplished. Good character never goes out of style and we need to be good role models, more than ever, so that our democratic way of life continues to thrive.
My tenure in office has taken courage, independence, truthful disclosure and poise under fire. There have been many big and contentious issues personally, professionally and politically that I have worked through. While some claimed that I wasn’t tough enough for this job let me just say that I have more than earned my stripes.
During this time, I have demonstrated respect for others and for the democratic process; encouraged diverse opinions and learned from others within our government and our region. This has enabled me to form very strategic and powerful partnerships that have generated ideas, energy, and jobs for our City.
I have led this City, with the help of many, honestly, openly and with integrity. While I will say that I do not sleep at night as well as I used to, I sleep knowing that I have done the best I can, based my decisions on what I feel is right for this City and not my political future.
Still, we are working through difficult issues and these issues take time. Key strategies continue to unfold and I readily admit that being mayor is not an easy job; that each and every day brings significant challenges and that in an open and transparent government, things take time. There are some things that I wish had moved faster but democracy and “doing the right thing” are more important to me than speed. We will push onward with a variety of ongoing efforts that will continue to shape our future and our community.
As anyone who has ever painted a house knows, you start by power washing and scraping and creating a good surface. The house actually looks worse until the primer and paint go on and as that happens, things begin to look better. In my three terms, we have done a great deal of preparation and the house is NOW being painted. I am asking you to let me continue painting this house and with your support, it won’t take long to get North Adams to the point where we have a community that can look to the future with confidence.
I am asking for your help and support in whatever way you can give it and most importantly, please remember…North Adams is NOW A DESTINATION!
We are fiscally in a much better place and need the momentum currently at play to see what is next for North Adams. I hope you will join me! Please feel free to ask me for additional information or clarification.
I am asking for your vote. Thank you for your continued support.