I'm a practicing attorney running for Berlin Town Council as a first-time candidate. Now, more than ever before, we need leadership that brings renewed enthusiasm, focus and vision to Berlin, a community I've known my entire life.
Though I'm a newcomer to our politics, I'm no stranger to our unique values. Growing up in Berlin, I embraced time and again the values that distinguished our community above so many others in Connecticut.
We chose to actively uplift one another through longstanding community programs like Berlin Upbeat. We chose to be forthright in our work, like Officer Jim Gosselin, whose tireless community service has improved outcomes for countless people, including me. We chose to cultivate pride in our town's identity, despite whatever minor differences came between us.
These values shaped me early in life. But now, as I look at the ever-growing division in our local politics, these values seem to be little more than relics from a distant time. When elected, I will work to restore these values to Town Hall.
At 26 years old, I'm the youngest candidate in this field. Even so, I offer a versatile background in law, policy and public decision-making. As a civil attorney, I help dozens of individuals and small businesses navigate complex legal and financial situations almost every day. I help draft governing documents, direct complicated lawsuits, and uncover cost-effective solutions to potentially expensive problems. We need leaders who understand the everyday needs of our business community. My professional skills are specifically tailored to meet those needs.
I also work on a team of municipal attorneys who serve as general counsel to several cities and towns throughout Connecticut. In this role, I read, digest and interpret local charters, ordinances and the Connecticut General Statutes. Based on a wide body of information, I help issue advisory opinions to the cities and towns we represent. Through these experiences, I've developed a good working knowledge of the structure and function of our local institutions.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University and Boston College Law School, I deeply believe in the power of public service. I believe in creating a legacy of decency, good works and prosperity for our community. Above all else, I believe in Berlin. I'm confident that if we elect thoughtful, decisive, and civic-minded leaders right now, we can transcend together through what has been an unprecedented 18 months.
As you consider your ballot for Nov. 2, I urge you to think carefully about what Berlin will stand for in the next 30 years. If you believe in the Berlin I once knew, I ask you to join me as we re-commit to the values that define who we are. This community raised me. Now, it's time to raise our community.
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