Greg Kerstetter: Excited to reelect Jim Nash

Published: 10/11/2021 1:33:23 PM

I count myself lucky living in Northampton’s Ward 3, that downtown neighborhood tucked mostly on the other side of the railroad tracks. We have a number of challenges down here — errant tractor-trailer trucks and a historic church building we may lose — but we also have a consistent, smart, and tireless city councilor on our side.

That is worth celebrating, and he is worth reelecting. Jim Nash is campaigning again to be the Ward 3 city councilor, and in less than a month I will unreservedly cast my vote for him, and do it with a sense of gratitude. Too often I take for granted what works, complain too much about what doesn’t.

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, I will vote to reelect a councilor who has proved effective. It’s my small way of saying thank you. To get my vote for city council, a candidate needs to exhibit three attributes: Be easy to reach; work well with others to accomplish tasks large and small; and understand the interests of the neighborhoods they represent.

As someone who has worked with Jim on any number of neighborhood projects, I could give a long list of Jim working well with others and understanding our Ward 3 interests. Here are two: Along with Howard Moore and Roni Gold, Jim helped establish the Bridge St. School’s Walking School Bus, a jewel of our school community, and even after helping to start the endeavor, he kept helping by walking children to school. Jim’s advocacy has without a doubt helped delay the demolition of the St. John Cantius Church on Hawley Street, and his organizing has been influential in the formation of the citywide group devoted to keeping the historic building standing.

Join me on Nov. 2 in voting to reelect Jim Nash as our Ward 3 city councilor. It’s a small way of recognizing how lucky we are.

Greg Kerstette

Northampton




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