Greg Roach's Berkshires Blog
Open Letter to the Voters of North Adams
October 2011To the voters of North Adams,Two years ago over 1200 of you gave me your vote when I ran for City Council. To say that I am honored that so many of my neighbors thought that I had something to offer the city is an understatement. Thank you.This year I am humbly asking for your vote again. I still believe that the core issues that make up North Adams’ challenges relate directly to our ability to provide the best education we can for our children; strengthen neighborhoods for families and seniors with policies that address housing and poverty; and ultimately create jobs by expanding and attracting people to our city’s middle class and the businesses that go hand in hand. Schools, Neighborhoods and Commerce: A simple but not so easy recipe that will take time and patience to foster.I am a father, husband, writer and a chef. My journeys have taken me from Detroit, through the University of Michigan and the Culinary Institute of America, to Minnesota and Nebraska, then to the Pacific Northwest, and finally to the place I’ve proudly called home for the past 8 years and most certainly will for decades to come, North Adams. You have my word that I will work hard and honestly and I will give every side of an issue a fair hearing. My business, finance and policy experience will serve the city well in finding creative ways to balance budgets, solve problems and create opportunities. I believe in good governance with a balanced fiscal approach that is accountable to the people it serves. Sometimes we may not agree, but I will always take the time to explain my positions respectfully and with consideration. I will not shout but I will stand strong for the people of this town. My vote will always be guided by principle and conscience. Please take the time to learn about the 18 candidates running for the 9 positions on City Council. Ask tough questions of us and see who actually answers your questions with thought and deliberation. But most importantly, remember to vote on November 8th. The future of our community rests in your hands.Respectfully yours,Greg Roach131 Marion AveNorth Adams, MA firstname.lastname@example.org
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