You can feel it, hear it, in some parts of town you can certainly see it: we are at a critical juncture in Plymouth's history, and the same old ideas just won't do. More strip malls, sand and gravel pits, taller buildings... These are the old ideas that have brought us congestion, pollution, noise, and the rapid loss of our natural resources, especially our water. We are trading away our quality of life and abandoning the character of this community for the promise, the same old promise, the big lie of lower taxes. Of course we want to control costs, but more importantly, we want our tax dollars to ensure that the town we love will survive. We shouldn't bring development to a halt, but the citizens of Plymouth can and should control their own future, shape it to fit our hopes, and require that every project leaves our land more, not less resilient. I have a long history of volunteering to improve the quality of life in this community - as a Little League President, local journalist, advocate for the homeless, environmental activist, and elected town official. Now I am volunteering for the hardest job in town because I still see more of Plymouth's potential than its problems. If you feel the same, check off my name: Frank Mand for Selectperson.
In the next few weeks I will be adding statements and videos highlighting what I feel are the most important challenges facing the town today. If you've been paying attention you know I have not been hesitant to comment on those issues in the past, but this will be a good place to provide a more comprehensive list. Please check back often to learn more about my campaign and my vision for Plymouth and ask around: as a long-time reporter for the Old Colony Memorial, a board member of several local non-profits, and a small-business owner I have earned a reputation for honesty, integrity, and pride in my community. Whatever happens in this election, I will be proud to proclaim that Plymouth is still my hometown.