Letter: Tom Bernard - A Great Next Mayor for Our Great City

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To the Editor:

"Having a child will change your entire life." Until recently, I didn't realize how much that statement stands true, then, in July, we welcomed our first-born child to this world. With him came a world of opportunity, potential, joy, and challenge. He needs to be nurtured and guided, but given freedom to sprawl and author his own experience in life too.

How does this relate to the current mayoral race in North Adams you ask? Well, much like a child, our community has immense potential. There are opportunities happening around us, coming up right in front of us, and others yet to be discovered. These breadcrumbs of potential are what will continue to help our community navigate forward, develop, grow, and thrive.

Similarly, there is great joy and love that can be found here in North Adams. We have a unique pulse that interweaves history, culture, art, nature, technology and light manufacturing. The fabric of this community is one that spans multiple generations, people who have lived here their whole life, and others who just arrived yesterday. These folks call this place home for a reason, and one of those reasons is the joy and love that you can find in living here. Through that, residents must be given the bandwidth and tools to help build a life here, stretch their legs a bit, and develop their own experience and future in our City.

On the flip side, there are also always challenges in a community. Economics, education, infrastructure, and crime are just some of the areas that need constant attention to make sure we don't tumble into unfortunate circumstance. All communities tackle these challenges in their own ways, but in taking them on collectively, we can turn those challenges into success stories and opportunities for improvement.

Much like I whole-heartedly feel that my wife and I are the best parents for our son, I too think that there is one person on the ballot this coming Tuesday, and then again in November, who will be the best mayor for this city. He is a man of upstanding morals, community pride, local roots, administrative experience, and unwavering commitment. He is someone who will listen and see the needs of residents and businesses alike, and someone who will approach those needs with a strategic hand to help guide us collectively into a future we can thrive in, both individually, and as a community. He is someone with vision that will address our most important challenges and opportunities in ways that will give us all the chance to rise to the occasion and add to our already vibrant city. He is someone I have known for nearly half of my life in one way or another, and someone I trust to make sound judgment both in the immediate future, and for our long term success.

That person is Tom Bernard, and I hope you consider voting for him to be the next mayor of the city of North Adams, because I know I will.

Benjamin Lamb
North Adams, Mass. 




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