This week has been interesting to say the least. As the campaign heads into the final three weeks before the election there has been much talk regarding my comments in the “Do your Job!!!” blog entry. My opponent has challenged me for not being ‘nice’ and that my slogan #nicematters is disingenuous. Others have taken to calling me nasty and derogatory names that strong women running for office are all too familiar with. Many are quick to criticize, but few are willing to put themselves out there.
If you want respect, you have to learn to give it too. I continue to be disappointed by the lack of respect given to the Municipal Council. This Council works incredibly well together and respects one another both on and off the Council floor. I am immensely proud of the work we do as a collective body. Unlike the comments from spectators online, this recent disrespect came from the mayor himself. I am not OK with him challenging our integrity and not valuing the Council’s level of work and dedication that each of the eleven members give each week. And worse, this disrespect appears to be done solely to further a political narrative. My response is in defense of each of my colleagues that honorably serve on the Council. It is the same defense that I give to every one of you in our city and will provide to each of our city workers.
Everyday I answer your calls, listen to your concerns and find a solution to the best of my abilities. I field phone calls from residents around the city that support my opponent and I hold no bias. For me, it doesn’t make a difference who you are supporting in the upcoming election, what your political party is, if you’re registered to vote or not; I’m simply following through on my commitment to serve all of Attleboro.The job should never be political or transactional. It’s about service, it’s about care, it’s about doing the job.
#Nicematters is a goal. Some days I get there and some days I find it hard to hold onto. Everyday I try, boy do I ever try. The family motto ‘nice matters’ and living a life dedicated to service is interwoven into the fabric of my being. I work for you, regardless of our differences, alliances or pre-determined conscious or unconscious bias. I simply do my job and stand by it. That’s who I am.
On November 5th, it is up to the voters to decide who is working with their best interest in mind. For those that have worked with me, the answer is easy.