Door to Door, catch up with Ty, Attleboro!

For the past two days I have been knocking on residential doors adjacent to Highland Avenue in South Attleboro, Ward 1B. As usual, I meet lots of folks who embrace the priorities I hold dear for Attleboro, with an occasional nay-sayer that might ask my political affiliation.
The message of:
  1. Reaching out to Attleboro Seniors who might be home bound and unlikely to get into the Senior Center very often rings true with most folks. Just about everyone agrees that we need to visit seniors and find out if they need help. Many seniors bravely face health issues, financial constraints and loneliness. They are normally very friendly with me and appreciate being visited. While our local senior center does fine work, we can always do more outreach. This is a message that resonates with most people I see.
  2. Public Education; There is almost universal support for maintaining and continuing to build a first-rate public education in Attleboro. We need to continue rebuilding what we lost when the massive teacher layoffs occurred a few years back. Most people seem to agree that this is important work for the city to do.
  3. I do a lot of listening, especially with seniors, who are anxious about their ability to pay the increases in their property taxes to build the new high school. When I voted yes on the high school I had decided this was a worthwhile expenditure of my retirement income. But many seniors don’t have a nest egg of savings and retirement income. I hope Attleboro will design a way to help Seniors who are struggling to pay their property taxes. I don’t anyone to feel they have to give up their homes or move out of the city because of the new high school. I probably talk to a dozen seniors daily who are fearful for their financial and housing future.
  4. Most people are very satisfied with the fire and police departments. I want to applaud them for the great work they do. I am particularly pleased with the way our Police and Fire Dept. help people with mental health issues. I hope everyone got a chance to read Saturday’s Sun-Chronicle, which focused on mental health issues in our state and in Attleboro. If you didn’t see the front page story, you can take a look at it in our library.
  5. YEAH for the city purchasing Highland Country Club’s 93 acres. I applaud the city council for unanimously voting for the purchase, and Paul Heroux for his vision and advocacy for the city owning Highland. Their may be different usages of the property including weddings and special events around and inside the building. But I hope it is used primarily as a park where we can feel peace and quiet.
Finally, if my message connects with you, please consider asking me to visit you and also consider putting up one of my signs. You can reach me at 508-577-1412 or via Email at tyattleboro@gmail.com.
I have discovered that four hours of knocking on doors via my bicycle is best for me. I try to extend myself and am in reasonably good shape. But my mind starts to lose focus after about four hours. Campaigning door-to -door is a marathon (four months to go) and not a sprint.

So, if I don’t reach your door, please invite me when I’m in your part of the city.

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I am officially beginning our campaign for the vacant citywide City Council seat in June!

Dear Attleboro – I am officially beginning our campaign for the vacant citywide City Council seat in June, with the election almost five months away on November 6, 2018. I am running on several key points ..

*  PUBLIC EDUCATION: I am a strong advocate for Attleboro’s children and teachers. We can have the best educational system of any city in Massachusetts!
*  ATTLEBORO BUSINESSES: Attleboro will soon have a first rate Director of Economic Development and a program to attract and support businesses.
*  PUBLIC SAFETY: We will maintain a top notch police and fire departments.
*  SENIORS: I support the Larson Senior Center and serving Attleboro’s seniors.
* CONSTITUENT SERVICE: I will listen and respond to your concerns.
HUMAN RIGHTS WILL BE SUPPORTED AND HONORED!!! – As a member of the Attleboro Council on Human Rights, we raised the flag for our LGBTQ community in a stirring ceremony last Friday. Attleboro is standing up as a city where human rights are upheld for everyone. Attleboro is a city that celebrates diversity and people from a variety of cultures. I am very proud to call Attleboro my home.
I have spent my adult life as a social worker, working with people struggling to be affirmed and honored. I served the intellectually disabled population at Wrentham State School and the Massachusetts Dept. of Developmental Services for 9 years. I also supervised foster care for adults and children throughout metropolitan Boston for 19 years. For the past three years I have been supporting residents of the Attleboro YMCA and assisting them with health, vocational, employment, and other personal needs.
Attleboro has a strong tradition of reaching out a helping hand to one another. I want to be part of that tradition by serving on the City Council.
If you want to join our team please call me at 508-577-1412. We are proud to call Attleboro our home.