Tom's election night speech:
Thank you, everyone. This is a great night. We have a lot to celebrate, and I have a lot of people to thank.
Before we begin, I want to let you know that I have spoken with Councilor Moulton. I thanked him for his service to North Adams, and congratulated him for running a campaign that reminded us about the needs we have in this city, and about the need to build bridges of understanding - and of shared responsibility - with people who feel left behind by all the positive developments happening in North Adams.
Public safety is a key element of my infrastructure vision for North Adams. At the most basic level, people in any community have the right to feel secure in their homes and safe in their neighborhoods and streets. The residents and visitors of North Adams are no exception to this rule. That is why we all should be concerned by statistics that place our city above the state and national averages for certain classes of violent and property crime. However, we also have the opportunity and the responsibility to respond by strengthening our public safety infrastructure.Read more
Thank you to the voters of North Adams who participated in today's mayoral preliminary election. When you exercise your right to vote you are making an investment in the future of our city.
Thank you also to the tireless and unrivaled members of the Bernard for Mayor campaign team, our amazing campaign volunteers and supporters, and most especially to my family for supporting and sustaining me as we approached this campaign milestone.Read more
Congratulations to all students and thanks to all NAPS teachers and staff at the start of this new school year. Good luck also to the BART community who started school last week.
From the excitement and nervousness of our youngest students on their first day of kindergarten to the anticipation of high school seniors looking ahead to college and career, the start of a new school year presents tremendous possibilities and opportunities.
We also have real challenges with achievement gaps and outcomes that we need to keep working on.
City native to focus on education, infrastructure and public health as the foundations of economic development
North Adams, Mass. -- Thomas (Tom) Bernard today declared his candidacy for mayor of the city of North Adams. In making the announcement, the North Adams native called for a new generation of leadership to build on the tradition of innovation that has characterized the city since its earliest days.Read more