I want to thank all those who said yes to my approach to growing jobs, improving our neighborhoods, strengthening our schools, and managing city finances.
I also want to reach out to those who supported by opponent. A mayor has an obligation to work for everyone who calls our city home. It?s an obligation I take very seriously. So no matter who you are, you can count on me to put the city?s interest first. That?s how I have always approach my job, and that?s the way I intend to lead our city going forward.
But my success, and the success of our city, also depends on all of you. As I said on election night, the greatest threats to our nation and our city are apathy and passivity.
Our system of government depends on every citizen taking an active role in civic life. It depends on people putting aside their narrow, private interests and working with others to pursue collective goals that are larger than any one person.
That might take the form of working on a campaign, or volunteering with a community organization or school, or serving on a board, or running for office oneself. I encourage every New Bedford resident to get involved in whatever manner seems right for you. Our city needs you more than ever.
Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to continue to serve you as mayor.