I’m so thankful for the support I’ve received since first announcing my candidacy for Mayor of Keene. Your kind words of encouragement, your offers to open your homes for campaign gatherings, as well as your insights and feedback have only solidified my faith in our wonderful community. Thank you!
Many of you have asked me why I’m running. My commitment to Keene’s families runs as deep as my roots in this community. And although I love the entire state of New Hampshire, my political aspirations do not go one inch beyond the borders of our beautiful city. This is not a stepping-stone opportunity; this is my passion and has been my life’s work.
I am driven by my years of public service to Keene, having served on dozens of boards, committees and voluntary positions over the past forty years. As such, I believe my experience, the partnerships I’ve built, and my deep knowledge of our community will translate into greater productivity and synergy as we move forward. We don’t have time for learning on the job. We need someone who can hit the ground running.
My commitment to our community is enduring. Along with my wife Riki and our children, we have built two successful small businesses here in Keene and together, we invested long hours, hard work and more than a handful of sleepless nights. Our knowledge of Keene’s small business community is from the bottom-up. We know the value of a hard day’s work, and we know that we must earn everything we’re given.
As your Mayor, I will promote a vibrant local economy that not only works for all Keene families by embracing equal pay, paid family and medical leave, a progressive wage and a community that welcomes all, but also begins to establish Keene as the center of New Hampshire’s renewable economy. Experts suggest that 28 million new jobs will be created by renewable industry over the next 30 years and I want Keene to lead the way in building a platform for renewable job growth. Together with Keene State College, we can forge a new economic future for our city, our region and our state.
Transparency is also at the heart of my campaign and my goal is to make Keene an open book. I intend to promote a collaborative and cooperative environment both in and out of City Hall. One of my first acts as your Mayor will be to build a more interactive and responsive city website so that all city meetings, budgets and transactions can be examined by Keene residents. I will always strive to welcome diverse opinions and a spirited discussion where all are valued and involved in the decision-making process.
Finally, my motivation for running for Mayor inevitably comes down to my most pressing priority: Our families. Riki and I have been blessed with three wonderful children, Jodie, Josh and Jill, and their spouses, Joe, Jenny and Jeff, respectively, and, of course, our six cherished grandchildren. We’ve supported our local schools, arts and athletic programs, and watched more hockey games and dance recitals than we could possibly remember. Like most Keene families, Riki and I get out of bed every day with one thought in mind: How do we make our world, our state and our community better for our families?
Make no mistake, many of the policies promoted and passed at the highest levels of New Hampshire government act as barriers to progress for many Keene families. As your Mayor, I will fight to tear down those barriers and help each and every Keene resident build a stronger future. Our community needs an individual with experience, leadership, and the fluency I have cultivated in my many years of service to the people and city of Keene. Together, we can inspire change and to keep Keene moving forward. I do not want to be the Mayor, I want to be your Mayor.