, Salem, MA

October 31, 2013

Letter: Ayles offers an experienced voice

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

I’m writing to remind voters how important this upcoming local election is and to share an observation about Beverly’s Ward 2 candidate, Bryant Ayles. My family has lived in Ward 2 for more than 10 years. We have witnessed and appreciated the growing vibrance of the Beverly downtown area, and credit is due to current and past elected officials.

However, this election brings a transition, and it is imperative that momentum not be slowed by changing leadership who must first get up to speed. We need elected officials who have had real working government experience. Leaders who can not only aid the new administration but also be an experienced voice for their respective wards. I feel strongly that Bryant Ayles is that candidate. Already a certified public purchasing official, Bryant has been working with or around municipal finance and government structure for almost his entire career. His advocacy efforts as the deputy director of the Children’s Trust on Beacon Hill and his work as CFO of large nonprofits has made a real difference for communities all around Massachusetts.

Thankfully, Beverly and Beverly’s Ward 2 can now be the beneficiary of Bryant’s strong work ethic, character and real experience. Bryant is a lifelong Beverly resident who is also raising his family here in Ward 2. I encourage my neighbors to consider Bryant Ayles as their next councilor and to be certain to get out and vote in next week’s important election.

Charley Kersten