Letter to My Neighbors
I will appear on your ballot this November as an at-large candidate for Westfield’s City Council. You can vote for seven different candidates for the at-large seat and I’m asking you to cast one of those seven votes for me, Steve Dondley.
I'm a US Navy and Gulf War I vet and the recipient of the Southwest Asia Service Medal for my service in the nuclear submarine force in the Persian Gulf. In 2002, after attending the UMass Amherst’s University Without Walls program, I moved to Westfield with my wife, Lorena, where we raise our son, Sean, a 5th grader at Southampton Road School. In 2006, I started my own company here in Westfield developing and hosting websites. I currently serve on Westfield's Cable Commission.
Now that my company is a success, I'm putting my time and talents into serving my community. My campaign theme is "Neighbors helping Neighbors" and it's everything I stand for. My belief is that we can get a lot more done working together than we can divided.
Westfield has accomplished a lot in the last few years and it’s good to see it moving in the right direction after decades of neglect. There is a lot more work to be done, however, and we need more leaders in the community who can energize and motivate citizens to get involved in all the work that goes into building a great city. I will provide the kind of moral support and leadership Westfield needs to get us to the next level.
An extremely important interest of mine is to ensure our children and grandchildren have access to a first class education that will make them proficient in the skills and tools necessary to compete for 21st century jobs in a global economy, provide them with a lifelong love of learning and the ability to contribute constructively as citizens in a democracy. I believe the most important job of a city is to educate our youth. We are presently making great progress in improving our district's performance, but there is much more to do and I want to ensure we stay on course.
I'm also an ardent supporter of locally owned businesses and I will work closely with our business community on plans to help attract customers to Westfield. I will also donate my skills as a professional communicator to promote local Westfield businesses and advise them on how to get the word out about their goods and services to the community.
Lastly, I'd like to say that I'm very mindful that our city is home to an ever growing senior population. Presently, we have over 8000 seniors in Westfield and our council on aging facility is at capacity serving 1600 seniors per year. It's also woefully outdated. We have seen many communities around us building wonderful new modern facilities that have opened up new avenues of recreation and assistance to serve their senior populations. I have followed the debate here in town and believe that the time for action has arrived. I support the construction of a new facility and understand the importance of ensuring that it gets built in an affordable way.
You can learn more about my other issues here. I look forward to earning your support and representing you as your city councilor!
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