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Skip Bensley for Salem, Massachusetts

Why am I running for Mayor?

I have an undying need to help others and that need has never been fully explored. Being Mayor will allow me to help as many of the 44,000-plus people who live here in Salem. I also told my daughter long ago that if Kim Driscoll ever left I would run for mayor of Salem and here we are. I told my late father the same thing shortly before he passed at 92 last summer and he offered his unwavering support if that were to ever come to fruition. My friends that go back 30 years are all very enthusiastic and supportive so again here we are.

I believe in love over hate, I believe that ALL people should be judged by the content of their character and little else. I have many friends and family members in the LGBTQ+ community and I am very supportive. I have marched in the North Shore Pride parade alongside a flurry of other allies.  I believe climate change is real. We will need to plan and prepare for its eventual impact on our great city. I believe in reducing our carbon footprint. I believe that we can create affordable housing so that more middle-class families can live and raise children in Salem. I believe in Salem education and I will support the ongoing efforts that are showing promise with all my fiber. Charter schools are a wonderful alternative but alone will not solve the educational issues we currently have or serve as a long-term solution. The recent traffic patterns need to be reevaluated and updated where possible. I believe in a 5-cent deposit on all mini-bar or nip bottles so they can disappear from under our feet. I believe in affordable healthcare, taking care of our city’s people, and continuing the healthcare efforts started and maintained by Mayor Kim Driscoll. I also believe in taking care of our seniors and expanding programs for them.

Lastly, I still believe in leaving this world a better place when I leave than when I entered it.