I have loved serving as the councilor for Ward 3, and representing the extraordinary community that I call home. I have always tried to fight for the needs of my ward while also working on the big picture issues that affect the whole city.
If I am fortunate enough to be entrusted with the position of Councilor At-Large, I will act in the same spirit and work hard on behalf of all the wards and neighborhoods of our city.
All councilors deal with citywide issues to some extent. I have done this as Council Vice-President and Chair of the Transportation and Parking Commission, on issues from infrastructure to zoning. I am proud of what I have accomplished on many issues.
However, an at-large councilor has the opportunity to actually represent people across the city, and translate the their concerns directly into legislative action. A Councilor At-Large should know the people of the whole city as well as the issues of the whole city.
I believe this is essential to effective policymaking. As Councilor At-Large, I will do my best to balance the diverse needs of each ward and neighborhood with the big picture issues affecting all of Northampton.
As proud as we are of Northampton, we are still facing serious challenges -- an economy that is changing, infrastructure that is aging, and state aid that is diminishing. I have always believed that with hard work, we can make progress even in the face of such challenges.
No one will work harder than I will for Northampton.