A political mentor always tells me not to leave out the most-important detail when it comes to running for office. I hear him saying, “before you do anything else, let people know why you are running.”
It’s the thing that the people you seek to serve will ask, and you better be prepared to give them an answer. So, on this Arctic-like January morning, I come to you with an answer to that very first question.
I am running for Ward 5 Councilor this fall in Peabody’s city election because I believe that I can be a strong advocate in supporting my neighbors on issues that affect our quality of life.
My message during the long campaign ahead will be clear: If elected, no issue will be too small for my attention when a taxpayer calls me.
That is what being a ward councilor is all about.
People reach out to you, and you help them. You become their watchdog on the City Council, taking their side when developers don’t follow the rules of their special permits. You ensure that the rights of citizens are protected.
You answer their call in the early morning hours when their street isn’t plowed. You ensure that their streets are properly maintained, and that you respond immediately when they have any concerns about public safety in their neighborhood. You do things for people, and you come to the job realizing that being a ward councilor truly means being a public servant.
It’s something that retiring Ward 5 Councilor Dave Gamache learned over his 24 years in this seat. And it’s something on which I will center my entire campaign.
To the people of Ward 5, I want to be Your Ward Councilor.
There will be a lot more on my campaign as the ground thaws, spring makes its debut, and I burn shoe leather going door-to-door under the hot summer sun.
But for now, I hope you will consider helping me in my pursuit to become a good public servant.
If you would like to find out how you can help with my campaign, please visit my campaign website.
Also, please “like” my campaign Facebook page.
I also welcome your questions here in the comments section.
Bob Croce, Candidate for Ward 5 Councilor