Why I’m run­ning for Cam­bridge City Coun­cil

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By DAVE CAN­NON Guest Comm­ne­tary Dave Can­non is run­ning for the Cam­bridge City Coun­cil in Ward 4.

CAM­BRIDGE — We are for­tu­nate enough to live in a na­tion where as by vot­ing we are able to se­lect those who lead us. City gov­ern­ment is the clos­est to the peo­ple and it’s at this level where the work done on our be­half is the eas­i­est to see and ex­pe­ri­ence. Each election gives us the op­por­tu­nity to re­view how well or poorly we have been served and the peo­ple of Cam­bridge once again stand at a time of de­ci­sion.

As some­one who was born, raised and spent al­most my en­tire adult life in Cam­bridge, I’ve seen first­hand our fail­ures while also see­ing our suc­cesses. My de­sire is to serve as your voice while rep­re­sent­ing you and your fam­i­lies in an honest ef­fec­tive way, which is why I have filed as your can­di­date to rep­re­sent the 4th ward and the City of Cam­bridge. There are sev­eral things I feel we need and which I prom­ise to focus on.

First we need to mar­ket our com­mu­nity to an in­creas­ingly large au­di­ence for one im­por­tant rea­son: If we fail to re­cruit new busi­ness we have failed at the most fun­da­men­tal level. Peo­ple de­pend on the lead­ers in our com­mu­nity and if lead­er­ship does not take the bull by the horns to bring work and good pay­ing jobs to Cam­bridge we have no pos­i­tive future and will con­tinue to be a com­mu­nity where over twenty-six per­cent of our res­i­dents are on some kind of so­cial as­sis­tance. Work­force de­vel­op­ment, re­cruit­ment of busi­ness and fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of our youth along with sup­port­ing our small busi­ness com­mu­nity is a must.

Se­cond I be­lieve we need to focus on our young peo­ple, they need op­por­tu­ni­ties for recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties and places to spend their time in pos­i­tive ways. It costs tax pay­ers nearly $13,000 dol­lars per year to ed­u­cate each child which makes it im­per­a­tive that our ef­forts be di­rected to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for our grad­u­ates to build a future here at home. This ef­fort must also in­clude the youngest of our chil­dren who at­tend our day­cares and kin­der­gartens, these chil­dren many times en­ter school not pre­pared for the next level of their ed­u­ca­tion both in ba­sic read­ing and so­cial skills. I in­tend on work­ing with city and county coun­cil mem­bers to find the funds needed to help im­prove the ed­u­ca­tion of these and all chil­dren in our com­mu­nity.

Thirdly I be­lieve we must pro­vide a city that is safe, se­cure and liv­able for all res­i­dents. There is a need in ev­ery part of our city for side­walks, bet­ter street light­ing and the re­duc­tion of blighted hous­ing, some sec­tions need our help im­me­di­ately and much more than oth­ers, with this in mind it is my in­ten­tion to focus on those ar­eas of town. Without this focus and com­mit­ment lit­tle else that is mean­ing­ful will re­sult from our ef­forts.

If elected I prom­ise I’ll have a laser focus on these three is­sues. I also pledge to lis­ten with re­spect to the con­cerns of all who live here, your con­cerns will be mine as well. If elected as your city coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive my goal will be to make you proud of our Cam­bridge once again. I ask for your sup­port and vote in the June 14 pri­mary and the July 12 gen­eral elec­tions.

DAVE CAN­NON

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