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First of all, I want to express my respect for the political process, and my excitement at being a part of it. One of my goals is to initiate a serious discussion about the issues facing us. I believe such a dialog will be to everyone’s benefit. I don’t have all the answers; no single person does. But, owing to my two terms as a Gloucester city councilor, and a lifetime of involvement in local affairs, I am familiar, first hand, with the history and subtlety of many of the questions. I have the energy to seek and evaluate answers, and I have the professional experience to assess and enact solutions. Along with my interest and involvement in Gloucester politics, I am a businessman. And that’s part of what I bring to this process. In politics, if you make a lot of mistakes, you don’t get re-elected. In business, if you make a lot of mistakes, you face more serious consequences. I want to move forward with this level of seriousness, attention, and purpose.
The big question is, how do we want to run our city government? Do we want to settle for, and keep going along with, the status quo and lack of leadership, commitment, and the desire to serve? I don’t. We have got to vote for some change here.
Issues we need to discuss…
There are several major challenges facing us as a city, and I think they are the issues we need to discuss. They are organically related, and you really can’t talk about one of them without evoking them all. But if I had to list them, the list would be something like:
Getting to YES on the Waterfront
The “Working Waterfront” is not working – primarily because of the negative climate in which local property owners and business people have to work. Read more . . .
What Were They Thinking When They Bought I4-C2?
I4-C2 – that bedraggled vacant lot between the Building Center and the Gloucester House – is the poster child for this sad state of affairs. Read more . . .
Raising the Bar on Education—We Don’t Need to Reinvent the Wheel
Community involvement, consensus, execution. These are the elements we need to keep in mind when thinking about our educational system as a whole, and about the future of our young people. Read more . . .
Cleaning House . . .
Think about City Hall. There ought to be efficiency in the placement of city offices – from the consumer’s point of view, where you get your building permit, fire inspection pay your taxes, etc. Read more . . .
I believe that government’s job is public education, public safety, water, sewer and roads. We need to maintain a focus on basic services, not bloated bureaucracy.
In my 40 years of business and political experience, I’ve always considered service all-important. I believe it’s equally important in the attitude within our city government.
When I am elected Mayor, consider me, and my entire administration, “at your service!”