I am proud to represent the people of Ashland. Growing up with three siblings in a town in northern Rhode Island, similar in size and population to Ashland, my parents instilled in me the importance of hard work, humility and community service.
The role of a city councilor is, first and foremost, to represent the citizens of our community - not fellow councilors, city management, powerful interest groups or city buildings. All constituencies should be represented equally. I will always listen to what Ashlanders say and have the courage to stand up for you.
Equally important, a good councilor will insist on transparency, on having the citys business conducted openly, not behind closed doors. I will lobby to ensure our citizenry is informed on major issues so that city council agenda items posted on Fridays before Tuesday meetings dont come as a big surprise. I promise to hear you and represent your needs.
These are the priorities I will work to achieve:
restore city government to fiscal stability take definitive steps to make Ashland more affordable ensure Ashland is open to diversity better support our locally owned businesses diversify the city's economy work to address fire mitigation and climate change eliminate barriers to housing development and availability strongly support Ashland schools