Two candidates are vying to lead the city of Beverly for the next two years. They are both bright, articulate, educated and committed to the city in which they live. One is a native; the other chose to make the Garden City his home. They both want to make a difference. They share many of the same views on the important issues facing the city. The waterfront, Brimbal Avenue. And, of course, the budget.
While they agree in substance on a number of issues, one has the experience needed for the job and the determination to get things done.
We believe Wes Slate deserves your vote as the next mayor. A former teacher, Slate most recently comes from a business background. Formerly with New England Telephone, he now works at Crane Electronics. He’s a manager. He has experience negotiating with unions and has been endorsed by the North Shore Labor Council, which should stand him in good stead as he deals with the city’s own nine unions.
He has exacting standards and isn’t afraid to literally roll up his sleeves and dig down into the details, as he did when he went to work in a three-year effort to revise out-of-date city ordinances. It wasn’t glamorous work, and not the kind that makes headlines or wins accolades. It’s the kind of work done by someone who understands government and how it should work for the people it serves.
Slate wants to improve communication coming from City Hall, to update and improve the city’s website and information infrastructure, to make government more transparent and give residents more of a voice in what happens in their community.
In an interview with the Citizen, Slate said he wants to be mayor because he wants to get things done. We believe Slate has the experience, the creativity and the resolve to bring Beverly into the next era. We encourage you to give him your vote.