Letter: Will bring passion, experience to City Council

To the editor: I’m Joe Nichols. A candidate for the Ward 6 City Council seat.

I want to take this opportunity to give you, the voters, some vital information so that you can better make a more educated decision for this upcoming election. Pittsfield has been my home since 1964. That’ s 55 years.

I know the history of Pittsfield and have been a taxpayer for decades. I come from a respectable family that has been part of the business community since 1914. I have lived in Ward 6 for the past eight years.

My opponent came to Ward 6 only recently. I was elected to a Ward 7 City Council seat and achieved many things in my first two years on the council. A petition that I filed with the Council declaring that Hancock Road resurfacing should be made a priority was passed unanimously.

The project turned into an upgrade to the water delivery system on Hancock Road along with completely doing over Hancock Road, Highland Avenue and Lakeway Drive. Well over a £1 million infrastructure investment in my ward. Also, I was able to work with Melissa Mazzeo during budget meetings to secure £450,000 for a new fire truck, which was desperately needed as Pittsfield firefighters had been functioning with a failing fleet of fire trucks.

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My opponent works full time at the district attorney’s office and was appointed to a seat on the licensing board.

If she were to be elected to the City Council, there would be potential conflicts of interest that would cause her to abstain from voting from time to time. This would leave Ward 6 residents without representation on important issues. I have no conflict of interest concerns.

Besides, one person holding three vital seats in city government at one time is not the norm and for good reasons. My grandfather, Harry Nichols Sr., was called “The Mayor of the North End” because he was a person residents could go to with their problems and he would help them to resolve their issues. My father, Art Nichols, owner of the former Nichols Pharmacy, and his brothers and sisters, also carried on this tradition of being helpful to residents who were in need.

I am very proud of my family’s history and have been carrying on with these traditions. I ask you to please make the right decision and cast your vote for me this Nov.

5. Joe Nichols,

Pittsfield

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