Letter: Bernard Right Choice for Mayor

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To the Editor:

It has been my honor and pleasure to serve the people of North Adams on the City Council over the last decade while the city continues to bloom. I've also had the opportunity to serve on the Alumni Board of MCLA as the college has become model for small state schools in the state.

One of the most quietly influential people in both these realms during this time has been Tom Bernard, who is now running to become mayor of North Adams. I heartily endorse Tom's candidacy because he is the right choice for North Adams.

I've watched Tom work behind the scenes to help Mass MoCA and MCLA find the funding they so richly deserve from sources public and private. I've seen him work as the right hand man for Mary Grant, getting things done when she was president of MCLA. He was never flashy and always sincerely humble doing the hard but critical work that rarely gets noticed by the public.

Tom has always taken an active role in the community, whether it was helping the Drury Blue Devils with a car wash fundraiser and promoting the theater events, or helping MCLA get Gallery 51 off the ground. He is one of the faces Bill and I have always seen downtown at community events.

Tom is incredibly smart, very diplomatic, and is exactly the kind of person we need to lead the city as it turns a page with at least four new city councilors and a wave recent enthusiasm.

Please join me in voting for him on Nov. 7.

Lisa Blackmer
North Adams, Mass.

Blackmer is member and former president
of the North Adams City Council.





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