When you elected me to the Brockton City Council, I promised one thing: to always work for you.
I've stood up for what’s right, even in the face of entrenched opposition. I've acted outside of the box, even as the “establishment” tried to box us in. And I've never lost sight of the people who put me into office.
As Henry Ford said, "You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do," but on what you've accomplished.
HERE'S MY TOP 10 LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS YOUR CITY COUNCILOR AT LARGE
- Accessible and in the community. Since being elected, I've attended over 1,500 events and responded to more than 1,200 calls. I’m making a real difference on your street—from new streetlights to gang sign removal to the cleaning of empty lots.
- Pushed through hiring reform. I pushed through Brockton's first-ever anti-nepotism policy to ensure every resident has a fair shot at a city job, despite entrenched opposition.
- Divested taxpayer dollars out of big banks. Because of the foreclosure crisis, I lobbied for the divestment of local taxpayer dollars from big banks.Brockton is now investing more than $170 million a year in community banks.
- Focused on performance. Before I joined the City Council, department heads received pay raises without performance reviews. Now, I am leading a committee to develop goals and a formal evaluation system so that raises are attached to results.
- Spearheaded trade mission to Cape Verde. I led the first-ever American trade mission to Cape Verde, West Africa to help Brockton businesses enter CV's $2 billion market. In the process, I helped to secure more than $26 million in contracts for a Brockton start-up.
- First to oppose the power plant. I was the first to stand up against this project when no other candidate or elected official would—against powerful political and business interests and on the side of Brockton families.
- Stood beside the Henry family. In the tragic shooting death of Pace University student DJ Henry, I filed a resolution supporting the Brockton family’s call for the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct an impartial investigation.
- Sparked the Water Department review. One resident made a call, and I responded. As a result, Brockton conducted one of the most comprehensive reviews and overhauls of a city department—ever.
- Reached across the political aisle. As a Democrat, I put competence and Brockton first, not political party, and endorsed our County Sheriff and District Attorney—both Republicans.
- Placed key information online. I led the effort to make city government more transparent and accessible by placing online all city meeting agendas, ordinances, and recreational calendars.
Other noteworthy accomplishments include:
- Passing legislation that requires high-profile appointees to present resumes before coming before the City Council for approval;
- Jump-starting three major initiatives focused on innovation, HIV home testing, and youth entrepreneurship;
- Working with the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department to secure retinal-scanning system for Brockton's police department—free of charge;
- Launching five study groups that outlined concrete recommendations for accountability, jobs, education, safety, and neighborhoods;
- And much, much more!
Henry Ford was right. The best predictor of future performance is past performance.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve the community of Brockton. We are making a difference!