Vote on Tuesday, July 12, in city elec­tion

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

On Tuesday, July 12, you the cit­i­zens of Cam­bridge will go to the polls to choose your next city coun­cil. The first, sec­ond and fifth wards along with the may­ors seats are un­con­tested, (this in its self is some­thing to think about). It’s very im­por­tant that the res­i­dents of the third and fourth wards get out and vote to make your voices heard. As a can­di­date for the fourth ward, I’ve wit­nessed first­hand the hard work all re­main­ing can­di­dates for the city coun­cil have put into this elec­tion process, and the de­sire we have to serve Cam­bridge. Your vote will count.

Serv­ing you and the en­tire city is cer­tainly not a part­time com­mit­ment and a po­si­tion I do not take lightly. Other than coun­cil meet­ings on the sec­ond and fourth Mon­days of each month, there are spe­cial ses­sions to at­tend, com­mit­tees to serve on, and un­told lo­cal obli­ga­tions we as coun­cil mem­bers should take part in, and of course prepa­ra­tion time for each city meet­ing which al­ways has is­sues that af­fect you and our com­mu­nity. Whether it be for hous­ing, jobs, education or your safety and se­cu­rity your elected of­fi­cials have to be avail­able to rep­re­sent and lis­ten to your con­cerns no mat­ter which ward or area of town you live in. Your coun­cil per­son rep­re­sents

Over the past sev­eral years my job has af­forded me the op­por­tu­nity to travel the streets of Cam­bridge on a daily ba­sis, and I have seen many of the in­fra­struc­ture all of Cam­bridge. needs you as cit­i­zens de­serve, such as more and bet­ter side­walks, bet­ter street light­ing, road re­pairs, an­i­mal con­trol and a de­crease in run down hous­ing just to name a few. These are things that make our ev­ery­day lives safer, more se­cure and our com­mu­nity a nicer place to live. As hard­work­ing res­i­dents and tax pay­ers you de­serve noth­ing less, and I will make these things a pri­or­ity for your com­mu­nity.

All of this will be hard to ad­dress un­less we can at­tract more busi­nesses to our com­mu­nity. I mean busi­nesses that of­fer good pay­ing jobs for our res­i­dents. This will help in­crease our tax base, and help make these and other is­sues eas­ier to achieve. That is why I sup­port an ef­fort be­tween the city and county to develop one eco­nomic devel­op­ment depart­ment and a com­mis­sion made up of lo­cal business lead­ers charged to eval­u­ate our com­mu­nity’s eco­nomic needs.

In clos­ing re­mem­ber these things, please go vote on Tuesday July 12, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Gov­er­nor’s Hall at Sail­winds. Your vote does count, and that my pledge to you is: I will work for you, be avail­able to lis­ten to your con­cerns, and I will do my best to make Cam­bridge a bet­ter place for all.

DAVE CAN­NON

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