I’m voting for….
With less than two weeks away until election day, we have received numerous letters of support for political candidates from residents of South Boston. We will feature these letters in the hopes it will help the undecided voters make a decision. If you would like to share your support for your candidate, you can email us at [email protected] Our first letter in this series is in support of Marty Walsh, candidate for mayor of Boston.
On November 5th, Boston will hold an election for Mayor. When the results are final, for the first time in 30 years, the winner will not already hold the office of Mayor. It is, therefore, a significant election.
With this in mind, I cannot be more enthusiastic about the candidacy of Martin Walsh. It has been our family’s distinct pleasure to have known Martin for well over a decade. In this time we have seen Martin come to realize his potential and watch as he has been able to channel his energies for the good of not only his district but also so many others. So it is with great satisfaction and anticipation that we support his run for Mayor.
For 17 years, Martin has ably represented his constituents of Ward 13 Suffolk County at the State House. His early support for and vote in favor of gay marriage showed courage and principle, traits which should be the hallmark of all elected officials. Martin’s work in the field of substance abuse is truly noteworthy. Many will attest that Martin’s unflagging faith in them is a mainstay on their road to recovery. His legislative efforts in this area have been lauded and embraced by Public Health advocates and professionals. In September Martin was awarded the “Recovery Community Impact Award” from the Gavin Foundation, one of many awards he has received for his tireless work on behalf of recovery programs.
In 1995 Martin helped to found Neighborhood House Charter School (NHCS). NHCH is a Public Charter School that offers a challenging curriculum to its diverse student population. NHCH’s consistent academic improvement is an example of what we hope becomes the norm for all of Boston’s schools. Behind the scenes and with little fanfare, Martin secured critical funding for the continuation of the All Dorchester Sports League. This is an organization for youth throughout Dorchester, providing necessary skills and educational opportunities that will allow its members to pursue a productive future.
As Business Agent for the Building and Construction Trades Council, Martin initiated the groundbreaking program “Building to Pathways”. The success of this program guarantees that women and people of color in Boston will have an expanding presence and role in the Building Trades going forward. Martin’s leadership and acumen were instrumental in negotiations to bring hundreds of much-needed jobs and millions of much-desired dollars for development to Boston in the midst of the recession.
As our national economic doldrums continue, it is increasingly clear that the next Mayor will be confronted with exceedingly difficult financial obligations and worrisome social issues. With his constant display of integrity and compassion, his unflinching commitment to decency and fairness, and through the breath and depth of his experience and accomplishments; it is, also, manifestly apparent that one of our daily newspapers could not have been more wrong. Anyone else but!! Quite the contrary, who else but Martin Walsh for Mayor of Boston!!!
The McCormick Family
Pattie, Rico, Maura, Greer and Olivia