Candidate Statements

An Opportunity to Move Forward, Embrace Our Future

Matt Gould

Right now, the world around us is changing at a head-spinning rate. Right now, we need qualified and motivated people from all walks of life to bring their skills to our Common Council. I believe I am the right person to help steer Summit into a bright future, based on my 20+ years as a senior television executive, in which I have continuously honed a set of four skills:

  • Creativity, to come up with ideas that no one else has thought of.

  • Collaboration, to work with all different kinds of people and get the right results.

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  • Perseverance, the grit to do whatever it takes to get a project completed.

  • Budget management, the ability to get the best results despite thin margins.

We do not need an old-school and reactive approach to governance right now. That kind of approach moves at such a glacial pace, it won’t be able to meet the challenges that arise at the pace of modern life.

Right now, Summit is at a crossroads. The decisions we make in the near future will have a profound impact not only during the next few years but possibly for decades.

Summit faces plenty of challenges, such as:

  • How will we reverse the trend of residential property taxes rising to make up for the loss of commercial tax revenue

  • How will we ensure that our students can compete in an increasingly global marketplace and truly lead during these important times?  

  • How will we implement a smart strategy of education, engineering, and enforcement to keep Summit’s citizens safe on our roads?

  • How can we ensure that Summit remains affordable for our senior citizens and for young couples and families?

We have an incredible opportunity to move forward. Let’s not stand still and be complacent.I have three girls in the Summit schools and, decades from now, I want them to be able to say that Summit embraced the future. 

Matt Gould is the Democratic candidate for Summit Common Council, Ward 1.


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