Alex Morse: Endorsing Evan Ross for Amherst Town Council 

  • Voting stickers are displayed at the Bangs Community Center in Amherst. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Published: 10/24/2018 11:14:06 AM
Endorsing Evan Ross for Amherst Town Council 

I first ran for office seven years ago — a young, progressive, first-time candidate looking to bring a new voice to municipal government. In the time since, Holyoke has seen unprecedented growth and progress: new passenger rail service, millions of dollars of public and private investment downtown, a burgeoning arts and innovation economy, and a city poised to take full advantage of the emerging cannabis industry to bring manufacturing jobs back to our city. But Holyoke doesn’t exist in a bubble, and we need partners up and down the Pioneer Valley who are committed to working together to pursue progressive and innovative solutions to shared challenges.

It is in that spirit that I enthusiastically endorse Evan Ross for Amherst Town Council. Evan is running to bring a new voice to Amherst government, and with it perspectives that belong in the room as Amherst works to address its challenges. For government to work, all communities need to be represented. Evan will represent Amherst’s large renter population and Amherst’s younger generations, two demographics that have been historically underrepresented in Amherst government. I know the value in this; I myself was a renter when I was first elected in 2011. But it goes beyond simple representation. We’ve seen across Massachusetts that when millennials enter government, they shift the conversation on issues important to their generation, and they drive policy innovation. From housing to renewable energy to transportation, they bring new ideas that move all of us forward. I know Evan will bring an innovative approach to tackling Amherst’s challenges because I know him as someone who is pragmatic and focused on finding solutions.

Politics can be messy and divisive. But Evan’s interest in politics and public service has always been in making people’s lives better. I’ve known Evan for a long time, and we’ve worked together to support progressive causes in Massachusetts and elsewhere. He’s shown his commitment to putting his values into action long before announcing his candidacy. I know as Town Councilor he will continue to serve Amherst’s best interests, move his town forward and be a strong partner for neighboring communities. I strongly encourage the voters of Amherst’s District 4 to give Evan their support on Nov. 6th.

Alex Morse
Mayor, City of Holyoke

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