Election 2009: Bond Wants to Serve City01:33PM / Friday, September 25, 2009
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — My name is David Bond and I am a candidate for City Council. It is a real pleasure for me to take this opportunity to formally introduce myself to the community I have called home for over 30 years.
Serving the city of North Adams is a passion of mine, as it has been for other members of my family for over five generations. While I currently serve as the treasurer of the board of directors for BFAIR and as a board member of the Northern Berkshire United Way, I am excited to do more to ensure that our city is a truly great place to live
Through my day job as owner of The Range on Curran Highway, I've had the opportunity to meet many other North Adams folks, particularly families that come to play mini-golf and practice for Little League. I also spend some of my time as the men's golf coach at MCLA and a PGA golf professional, both of which provide me with opportunities to teach. Listening, brainstorming, problem-solving with others and taking action, along with a keen eye for business, help me to do these jobs well, qualities that my parents worked hard to instill in me.
Sometimes I hear others say that I am like my dad Jack, which, for me, is the greatest compliment. He gave so much to North Adams, and did so with real caring and dignity, and a kind word for everyone he met. It is this example that I strive to achieve every day as I endeavor to follow in his footsteps. Like my father, I have a deep love for this city and I truly want to see it succeed.
My experience as a small-business owner as well as my involvement with MCLA and several nonprofit agencies give me the strong background to be a well-versed and effective city councilor. I have built a successful business here and it is my hope to encourage others to do the same. Economic development and job creation are where I would like to focus my efforts. North Adams needs to create a marketing plan to showcase the many attributes and resources our city has to offer. We have a wonderful quality of life, tremendous scenic beauty, and a hungry workforce and we need to go out and spread the word. A greater effort also needs to be made to retain our current businesses or assist those businesses looking to grow. North Adams must focus on business development and it would be an honor to help create and execute that plan.
My enthusiasm for North Adams is deep and I am eager to share and spread this enthusiasm. The future is only as bright as we make it. With my wife and our 9-month-old daughter at my side, I would be honored to serve this great community as a member of the City Council.
Submitted by North Adams City Council candidate David Bond