I have learned that there are countless good, caring people in this town who want nothing more for us to grow and prosper – continuing on a trajectory that we already see. To those new friends I’ve met, both inside our borough operations and outside of it: THANK YOU for what you have already done for Coraopolis. If elected, I will be anxious to get started working with everyone, and will look forward to helping make a difference. Please get out and vote on Tuesday – I’ll be at each of the polling stations throughout the day, and would love to meet you. Thank you for caring about Coraopolis.
Whether we know it or not, we all react to the events of our lives from a deep well of beliefs, prejudices, joys, pains, drives and hopes. We all have that formula in common. To move forward together we will first need to recognize that as truth. I want to live among those who can nod at that, and work toward learning about the other truths we have in common.
Today marks three months since I announced this campaign, and one month since the election. And today, I want to remind everyone, however, this was never about me … it’s about you. Over the next several months, this website will be transforming from a campaign website to a community engagement website.
You will read about activities and events; you will learn about our past and our future; you will have opportunity to step forward and lean in on the work that is happening.
As you know, ideas only go so far, and fail to ignite without execution. So in the coming months I will be asking for people to come forward and give their time and talents for the good of the community.
Thank you for the privilege of the past two months. We have much to do in the months and years ahead, and I can’t wait to get started. Community benevolence is leaving any and all of our anxiety or lost wagers at the doorstep, and walking full-long into a place of intent. We are a small town with typical small-town problems, but with the benefit of a team of caring citizens and leaders who are ready to seize the unique opportunities that face us. Let us all travel this road together. Onward. We have work to get done.
Coraopolis is rich with ethnic diversity, interesting architecture, and fascinating people! This is a tremendous advantage, because without variety of thought, experience, and passion, we could become very boring. "Diversity in society allows for richness and variety, boosting innovation which leads to economic growth, improving access to jobs, producing culturally vibrant and varied communities and preventing stagnation." It is the diversity of people and ideas that give a place its heart and soul.
We are lucky to not only have proximity to parks, trailheads, waterways and wonderful greenspaces, we have them right here! Tomorrow, we will be showcasing Shelley Jones Park for a final Meet the Candidates event. Light food and beverages will be provided, and you can meet some of candidates who are on the ballot this coming Tuesday – all candidates have been invited and are welcome. The event will run noon-2:00. If you can’t make it, perhaps you’ll be able to visit one of our own parks or trails that you’ve not previously seen. They’re just one more of our advantages here in Coraopolis.
The curfew whistle that sounds faithfully at 10:00 every night throughout Coraopolis is one of my favorite sounds. It is a reminder that we want our streets to be safe, secure and prepared. Our police, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency and safety personnel work hard to keep us safe. We should thank them, along with the military veterans who are serving us, and have served us, so faithfully and courageously.
We are the perfect location or launch for a day-trip. We happen to sit on the banks of the storied Ohio River, adjacent to a major US Interstate, a short drive from several other walkabout communities, and the potential starting point for a thousand journeys. We have it all at our disposal: city, suburb, woodland, farmland, and everything in between, plus the public transportation to provide the ride. Our rivers and hills here are easy on the eyes, and create interesting landscapes in all seasons.