Why I’m running for Cambridge City Council
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.