Who am I?
I'm a two-term Alderman, new father, husband, and a practicing attorney in Manchester. I moved to Manchester to attend law school, and stayed because I believe in the opportunities this great city offers. My wife Kathy and I had our first child, Abigail, this July. Our goal is make sure Manchester is the kind of city Abigail will choose to call home and raise her own family.
Why am I running?
I am running to bring a new vision and new leadership to Manchester. Our current mayor insists the city is on the right track, but Manchester's schools are failing to meet minimum standards, crime is on the rise, and economic growth has stagnated. I believe we can do better.
My goals are to restore our commitment to our schools and our kids; renew our focus on jobs and the economy; and reform the way city hall does business. That means putting a renewed focus on fighting crime, fostering a collaborative environment at City Hall, and standing up for the working people of Manchester.
Manchester is a city of incredible opportunity, but we are being held back by a lack of vision and a 'my way or the highway' attitude on the part of our current mayor. The people of Manchester deserve a leader who will put petty bickering aside and work with others to move our city ahead.
My DFA Values
This campaign has always been about giving the people of Manchester a real voice, working together, and moving our city forward. Ours is a tight-knit community, and the people of Manchester are at our best when we are given the opportunity to work together. Unfortunately, we have seen job growth and economic development slow down under our current mayor. We have seen our school system neglected, educators and public employees blamed for our problems, and possible solutions ignored. And we have seen rising crime across the city, harming our sense of togetherness and fostering a climate of fear. I'm running to help bring our community back together.
I believe there are great things ahead for Manchester. We simply need an innovative vision and a collaborative leadership style to realize the promise of a brighter future. By making it a priority to bring people together to solve our city's problems, we'll give the people of Manchester a more free, more secure future.
My Campaign is People Powered!
From the very start this has been a grassroots campaign. The people of Manchester are fed up with the lack of vision at City Hall, and they are working hard to change that by getting involved with our campaign.
So far we have held more than a dozen neighborhood house parties and events across the city, listening to citizens' concerns and galvanizing support for a new way forward. We have begun a grassroots field program, including canvassing, phone banking, and direct community engagement. We have put special emphasis on social media, building an impressive and vocal following on Facebook and Twitter. And I spend several hours a day knocking on doors around the city, speaking to voters about the issues that are important to them.
Moving forward, we plan to build event greater grassroots momentum. We recently undertook a series of house parties focusing on improving education, and we are spending time dropping by local businesses and meeting with community leaders who can help spread our message across the city.