by Treva Hodges, Charlestown Mayoral Candidate | Last week Charlestown survived another election. Perhaps you think that verb is a bit too strong – survived; but, like many of you, I am active on social media, and I think survived is an appropriate word to describe the process of getting through election day in our community. If the scandals, name calling, and personal attacks that have become common in our election processes have revealed anything it’s that our current political environment is in need of a makeover. What good will activities for our children be if our parents can’t stand to be on the same field together? What benefit will come from neighborhood parks where some community members feel unwelcome? What does #WeAreCharlestown mean in a city where many of our citizens are shunned or shamed for having and expressing a differing opinion?
It seems daily we see the division in Charlestown play out on social media. But we’ve also seen our community pull together. When a food pantry is empty, when tragedy strikes, when a clear need presents itself, we rally.
We have another election coming…and another after that. Such is the cycle of democracy.
It’s time to flip the script in Charlestown.
You have my promise this election year that I will run my race with integrity, compassion, and the highest of ethical standards. My campaign will remain rooted in the issues we face as a community and my plan to move us forward. Although I am justifiably critical of my opponent’s performance record, I will abstain from personal attacks. My observations about where we are and why we need a change in leadership will be based on factual information. I will not deal in falsehoods rooted in rumor or innuendo, and I encourage all of my supporters to embrace the same approach.
I believe in Charlestown. I believe it’s true that people often reach different conclusions from the same evidence because we make decisions from personal locations unique to our own experiences. I also agree, however, with John F. Kennedy who once said, “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” I believe in Charlestown because at the end of every day we are far more alike than we are different.
It is my greatest hope that at the end of the next election day, and all the ones after that, we will remember that WE are what make Charlestown great – that we will reach a day when we don’t just survive after an election, we thrive.
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