I have been a Westfield resident for nearly 13 years. I have five children, four of whom attended Washington School. That is where I first became acquainted with Mark Parmelee. Many of you know Mark as a candidate for Westfield Town Council, Ward 2. He’s wicked-smart, forward thinking, even-keeled and selfless with his time and energy when it comes to the good of the community.
I’m going to tell you about Mark, the friend, volunteer and all-around good guy that I have the privilege of knowing.
It was difficult moving to a new town with school age kids. The stress and anxiety of the move were often over-whelming. Mark was a regular face around school. Although he worked full time, and later I found out that his job was over an hour and a half away, he managed to be present. Mark always has a smile on his face, is warm, sincere and approachable. We volunteered on the same committees, and for many years we performed together in The Washington School Show.
I remember how Mark would come flying in the door for play practice at 8 p.m. after a long day of work and commuting. He would pull off his tie and jacket, roll up his sleeves, smile and say “lets go.”
Without fail, he gave each performance 100%. With grace, he rolled with lines misread and scenes done incorrectly. Mark has a knack for keeping people focused on the big picture. When things didn’t go according to plan, which was often, he made the necessary adjustments without drama. He was a joy to work with.
Mark doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks the walk. You’ll see him in his driveway playing basketball with his kids. You’ll see him in town with his wonderful wife. He’s at school events regularly and cheering on our teams without fail. He’s “in it”. Mark is the real deal. He has yours and my best interests as his top priority. His priorities are ours. What happens in our community is his business. He wants to bring the very best of Westfield to you and that’s why I encourage you to vote for him on Nov. 4.