My Post election thoughts

Friends: Thank you so much for your strong support for me in the City Council at-large race! I was pleasantly surprised at the results. I didn’t expect the most At-Large votes and all the congratulations you’ve given to me. Yet, I am trying to spend more time with Jan (my wife). She directed my wonderful volunteers superbly. Jan deserves more of me now.

Over the past two weeks I’ve focused on these City Council duties:
*Tuesday evening council meetings,
*Visits to the senior center, meeting with Madeleine (COA director, participated in an extensive interview by Umass as part of the Council on Aging study.
*A lengthy visit with the mayor to learn more about his second term priorities. A very positive visit.
*Attended our moving Veteran’s Day ceremony in South Attleboro’s memorial park. Kudos to Ken, our terrific veteran’s agent!
*Working on three constituent issues regarding speeding, parking, and a residential issue.
*A special council visit at the DPW headquarters with Mike Tyler, superintendent. Discussed need for new trucks to replace old, rusting, and unusable trucks.

My advice is to give time back to your spouses and families whenever you get the opportunity. That’s what I’m starting to do now. I just finished my third citywide campaign and election in the past two years….
a state rep campaign in winter, 2018 …. a special election campaign for city council from June to November, 2018; …. and the 2019 city council campaign/election.

I’ve been campaigning for 10 of the past 22 months! It’s been wonderful. I lost 15 pounds and now fit into size 32 pants. I feel like I am in my 20’s again…. and God knows that was a very long time ago.

But it’s time to put my bike away for the winter. Call me with your concerns. I’ll respond and we’ll figure out the issues together.

One more thing in my life. I have met our future person seeking to succeed Joe Kennedy in the 2020 congressional election. Her name is Becky Grossman and I hope you get to meet her before the 2020 primary elections. Becky has been to Attleboro twice recently and will be back many times. She has pledged to keep the congressional office in Attleboro. I intend to help her get to Washington, DC to represent us.
Becky is in her second term right now as a city councilor in Newton. Let me know if you want to meet her.

More to come. I don’t sit on my duff very long. I want to stay in my size 32 pants.

All the best,
City Councilor Ty Waterman

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On the eve of an election

Friends and neighbors:

It’s almost bedtime and tomorrow is another city election. I gave everything I had. Rode my bike most days and knocked on many a door. Maybe I could have reached a few more folks but I gave my Sunday afternoons to Pats fans and left you alone…. That was the time for Jan and me to cheer the Sox and Pats on.

I made it home for many a late dinner but Jan knows I’m always coming home. She’s a great lady and a wonderful cook. She is my best friend and my strongest fan. I can’t ask for more. Jan actually seemed to enjoy my political interests. I consider being a city councilor a natural extension of my lifetime of social work. Just trying to help people whenever I can. I makes me feel "right" to offer helpful advice to folks. It’s up to you if you think I’m pointing you in the right direction. I hope so.

I loved biking from house to house. It made feel alive, younger, and I slept great after a day of campaigning. I loved meeting all kinds of folks and discovered that most of you love living in Attleboro, despite our taxes, traffic, and our sleepy downtown.

But the biggest disappointment were the debates. They focused more on personalities and less on ideas. If I can’t be positive I simply try to keep my mouth shut. Complaining doesn’t accomplish much and trying to get the upper hand on somebody usually takes us down a notch.

Blame gets us nowhere. Encouragement takes us everywhere. Negativity scatters dirt all around us…. but positivity allows us to glow brightly.

Allow me to leave you with these words by President Calvin Coolidge… former governor of Massachusetts.

* TALENT will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

* GENIUS will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
* EDUCATION will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "Press On," has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."

written by Calvin Coolidge in 1932.

Sleep well tonight…. and Press On.


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