Negotiation

Yesterday I discussed how the scouting program and working to put myself through college helped shape my approach to life.  How those experiences taught me the value of hard work, the importance of listening and communication skills, and the art of negotiation.  In the past year, I’ve applied those skills as I’ve worked closely with the current mayor, the Boards and the employees of West Springfield.  Specifically, I have:

  • Represented the Town before the Gaming Commission garnering $98,500 in additional mitigation monies.
  • Collaborated with multiple Town Departments and the state’s Department of Energy Resources to move the Town closer to qualifying for Green Community Status later this year.
  • Participated in the negotiation that brought the unions together under one healthcare plan. The result is a better plan for the employees and a savings of a quarter million dollars for the Town.
  • Been the key adviser to all employees and volunteer boards on all legal issues affecting West Springfield.
  • Been on point to bring multiple law suits against the town to closure.
  • Started the Abandoned Housing Initiative, a partnership with the Attorney General’s Office, to clean up vacant homes across our Town for new owners and higher property values.
  • Attracted a solar developer to partner with the Town to provide net metering credits that will save the Town over $2 million dollars over the next 20 years.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with and being mentored by two local mayors!  I believe it’s the combination of having the right experience and education that has me best prepared to become the next mayor of West Springfield. I hope I can count on your vote on September 8th!

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