I have always been actively involved in the communities I have lived in as an adult. I believe in two ways to bring about change: organizing community members to create the changes we want to see and holding elected officials accountable, or actually being a part of the decision-making process. That is why I am running for the Ward 1 City Council seat in Gardner – to be a collective voice for Ward 1 residents.
Gardner is a beautiful city with numerous assets, including recreational spaces, small businesses, a hospital, a college, highway access, and a population of caring, hardworking, and talented residents. To support these assets, it is crucial to actively maintain and build up the city’s infrastructure, such as roads, sidewalks, bridges, telecommunications, schools, parks, housing, and businesses. Improving transportation systems and ensuring public safety are also priorities.
The role of the City Council is vital in attracting more businesses to the community. Thriving small businesses are essential for a strong community, and it is everyone’s responsibility to support them. The City should actively find ways to support Gardner’s small businesses and employers and create a community where people want to live, work, and invest. This includes improving infrastructure, telecommunication, and transportation systems, as well as coming up with creative strategies to attract businesses and providing necessary support.
To involve residents in the decision-making process, I plan to hold monthly Ward 1 meetings so that residents can voice their opinions about the issues facing the ward and city. I will also encourage residents to participate in the City Council and Subcommittee meetings’ public forums to express their views. It is important for me to have an open dialogue with residents and actively include them in shaping the future of Gardner.
Over the next five years, I will work with the Mayor, city officials, and other city councilors to implement a strong economic development plan to keep Gardner moving forward. I will strive to bring back Gardner’s participation in the commuter rail system. Protecting water sources and green spaces from being developed and exploring sustainable solutions for wastewater management are also priorities. Additionally, I will work with Ward 1 residents to identify and improve infrastructure and services in our ward.
It is important for voters to know that I have deep connections to Gardner. While I grew up in Fitchburg, I have lived in Gardner twice in my life and have been a part of various community initiatives. I have worked in community development, served on the Fitchburg School Committee and Human Rights Commission, and been involved in political and social justice movements.
As voters cast their ballots, I hope they consider voting for me. I am committed to representing their voices and making sure their concerns are heard. I am a hard worker who genuinely cares about Gardner and its residents.