Aunque no hablo español muy bien voy a leer mi discurso en español. Hola, mi…
With Alex Morse announcing that he will not be running for a fifth mayoral term, I want to note that I appreciate the years of service that he gave to our City. I wish him the very best in his next adventure.
Many people seemed to have this transition on their minds, as I have been contacted multiple times over the past few months by folks asking if I will be running for the mayoralty. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the confidence and support that so many Holyokers have expressed to me through those conversations.
As someone who is always fighting for Holyoke’s future, I am presently considering running for mayor, though I have not firmed up the decision. I have a grasp of the city’s most pressing issues, including the need for significant investments in community development and civic engagement. I would be honored to serve Holyoke in a position with greater reach and capacity for making change. Many of you are already aware of the personal investment of time and resources that I give to my position as City Councilor at-Large. Taking the step to run for higher office would be a commitment with which my family and I are already familiar, but need to be ready for.
Again, I want to thank everyone who has reached out to me with their encouragement and support. Let’s end the year reflecting on the legacy that Mayor Morse is leaving behind and I will be in a better position to say more after the New Year.
—Rebecca Lisi, Holyoke City Councilor at-Large
See Morse release coverage:
Hampshire Gazette: Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse will not seek fifth term