You can feel it, hear it, and even smell 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 can'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. I love this town and still see more of its potential than its problems. If you feel the same, check off my name: Frank Mand for Selectperson.
Work on this site - a list of statements, videos, and the like outlining my stand on the issues I feel are important - was delayed over the holidays. But in the next few weeks, I will be adding those statements and videos (though if you've been paying attention you know I have not shied away from commenting on those issues in the past). 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.