It has been an honor to serve the people of Westfield’s 4th Ward for the last 12 years as town councilman. With the advice and support of my family, I have decided that I will not be seeking a fourth term of office. While this decision is bitter sweet, I was excited when my friend Doug Stokes told me that he would be seeking my seat. Doug currently serves as the president of the Board of Trustees of Westfield Memorial Library. He has showcased his leadership skills in this role as well as his ability to address issues important to our town. He has shown he can work within a fiscally sound budget and set policy regarding the operation of our outstanding library. Doug is a husband and father of four children who all have been enriched by our wonderful school system. He is an asset to our community and hopefully in November to our town council.

Today, I endorse and pledge my wholehearted support to Doug Stokes in his effort to become the next 4th Ward Town Councilman. I am confident that he is the right person to work with Councilman Loughlin to continue to serve the unique needs of the people of the 4th Ward. I hope you will join me in supporting his efforts and most importantly electing him as our councilman in November.