It’s been two years since Westfield elected a new Mayor and four new Town Council members. Now that we are a week away from the 2019 election, we have to ask ourselves: are we better off than before? John and I think so.

Decisions are now made in a bipartisan fashion based on cooperation and feedback from residents. We have seen courageous examples in technology, namely, Westfield Connect App, which allows residents to have their needs addressed quickly. Moreover, we’ve witnessed an abundance of newly paved roads, the ability to secure state and county grants, new and varied store openings, improvements to parking and pedestrian safety, and police commitment to residents in an open and friendly manner. Though at times it may seem frustrating, it’s been an extraordinary experience to see local government work.

As seniors, residents of Westfield for almost 30 years, and career public servants, John and I are committed in our support of Jim Boyes for Ward 1 Town Council. Jim embodies all that a resident and Town Council Member should possess.

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He is a forward-looking individual at a time when we must rise to the challenges of a new decade. He is an engineer with years of experience working in environmental issues. He’s shown himself to be bipartisan, volunteering his time and energy for the past 30 years in Westfield. Jim is an active member of Town’s Green Team, he advocates for the vision of Westfield’s first community-driven Master Plan, and attends all Town Council Meetings. In addition, he proactively seeks ways in which seniors, like ourselves, can continue to reside in Westfield, the town we love.

Not everyone likes all the policies this new administration has implemented, ourselves included. However, there must be a willingness by all residents to be open to new ideas. With fresh eyes we can perceive the wisdom to carry out and build toward future successes. The choice is clear, the future is now. Jim Boyes is the right person to meet these challenges.

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