To the editor:
With some time to reflect on the past five-plus months of campaigning, it is clear that many thanks are due to our family, friends, volunteers, supporters and the 4,563 Beverly voters who cast their ballots for me on Nov. 5. Georgia, Richard and I understood when I withdrew my name from the Ward 2 councilor race and took out papers to run for mayor that I was the underdog, that it would be an uphill fight, but that it was one worth taking on, and that it would require an intense commitment of our time and energy to make a credible run. We accomplished all of those goals, all but the one where we got the majority of the vote. However, in the meantime, we walked many miles throughout the city, met so many wonderful people who care deeply about this place we have made our home for 31 years, and joined forces with a core group of strong supporters who gave up their own time, energy, talent and shoe leather to work with us. And we had some fun along the way.
Now that the results are in, and Beverly’s new mayor, City Council and School Committee have been chosen, it is time to reflect on those issues we raised in the campaign, with a wish that those who take office in January will consider them and move them forward.
To my colleagues who will leave office at the end of the year — it has been my great pleasure to have served with you. We have worked hard to make this city a better place and made some great strides in those efforts.
And to the residents of Ward 2 who were supportive in my efforts to represent them for the last six years, it has been my great honor to do so. Be assured that I will be working just as hard for you until my term is up at the end of the year and have already begun the transition to your new councilor-elect, Estelle Rand, who I know will work just as hard as I have on your behalf when she begins her own term in January.