To The Editor

Dear Westfield Residents,

As Election Day approaches, I find myself reflecting on this campaign season and what it has meant to me.

I grew up and went to school in Westfield. Over the past 35 years, I have had the privilege to volunteer and serve over 20 civic organizations that work with our young people, students, military and working families, seniors and those in need. I love Westfield; it is my home, and it is the people of Westfield that make our city such a wonderful place to live, work, play, raise a family, and visit.

Going door-to-door throughout our Ward, I have spoken with many residents and, whether it was a friend I’ve known for many years or a brand new acquaintance who answered the door when I knocked, I have been struck by the almost universal welcome and willingness to listen that I have encountered.  I want to thank you for that, and for the encouragement you have given me in this, my first venture into local politics.

My family and I built a successful business in Westfield providing jobs and opportunity for dozens of people from Westfield.  Instrument Technology is a responsible corporate citizen and proud supporter of youth programs and non-profit organizations throughout the area, contributing to the capital campaigns of: the Woodward Center at Westfield State University, the Surgical Center at Noble Hospital (now Bay State Noble) and Kamp for Kids at Camp Togawauk.

As a mother, grandmother, homeowner and small business owner, I understand the need to live within a budget, and I know how to balance the burden of taxes with the need to provide the services required to maintain our quality of life.

I have done it my entire adult life.

But we must grapple with some critical issues now.  We cannot afford more business as usual at City Hall! 

As Ward councilor, my priority will be listening to your concerns and providing constituent service. I am organized. I know how to work with people and get things done. Government may not operate the same as private business, but we have great people in our city departments, and I will be a tireless advocate for the people of Ward 4.

As your City Councilor, I pledge to:

  • Be honest and transparent       Focus on issues, not personalities
  • Collaborate with others to find solutions       Communicate openly and regularly
  • Make your needs my priority       Have a positive attitude
  • Show my passion for the work       Respect each and every constituent
  • Listen to you       Learn from you

Should you have questions that I have not answered, please feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to answer them.

I conclusion, I would like to ask for your vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7th

Thank you,

Dawn Thomas

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